« Arizona Takes on Seniority | Main | Detroit Leaders Sign Off on New Pact, But Will Teachers Follow? »

Teacher Magazine: NCLB Definition of Professional Development Scrutinized

Colleague Anthony Rebora, over at Education Week's Teacher Magazine, is live-blogging the National Staff Development Council's annual conference. He has a really great post up about the definition of professional development in the No Child Left Behind law.

Be sure to check it out, because although this may seem wonky, it is probably going to raise its head during the reauthorization process.

Lawmakers tried to put a stop to poor quality "one-shot workshops" for teachers almost a decade ago when they wrote the NCLB law. The professional development funded through NCLB's Title I, Title II, and right on down the line is supposed to align to the definition in the law, which explicitly eschews one-day workshops. (It's hard to say whether or not the definition had much effect. I suspect not, since this part of the law was not enforced, nor has there been good tracking of PD efforts by states or districts.)

NSCD has some ideas on how to improve the definition. Once you've read Anthony's post, leave a comment and let us know whether you think this could help matters.

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog

Advertisement

Most Viewed on Education Week

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments