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This booklet on professional development is the seventh is a series of booklets available from the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory on current topics. The first section defines effective professional development. The next section examines what has been learned about professional development. Next, principles of high quality professional development are discussed. The following sections discuss presents some guiding questions for selecting professional development activities; lessons learned from adult learning theory; finding time for professional development (restructuring the school calendar, using permanent substitutes, and scheduling common planning time); what makes professional development ineffective; and some alternatives to short-term, one-size-fits-all workshops (collaborative or action research, study groups, staff retreats, scoring student work samples, planning or work days, school visits, and networks organized around specific content areas). The booklet concludes that effective professional development is intensive and sustained; it occurs through collaborative planning and implementation; and it engages teachers in opportunities that promote continuous inquiry and improvement that are relevant to local sites. The booklet presents descriptions of seven diverse professional development programs, all of which seek to actively involve teachers in effective professional development. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)

Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Teacher Improvement

Northwest Regional Education Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main St., Suite 500, Portland, OR; Tel: 503-275-9515.

Author: Peixotto, Kit; Fager, Jennifer

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12302&id=ED431741

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