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August 31, 2009

UPDATED: Intensive Teacher Mentoring Not Showing Effects, Report Finds

The findings, which follow on the heels of similar ones from Year I of the study, indicate that this "high quality" teacher induction has no impact on student achievement or teacher retention.

July 29, 2009

Structured Protocols Aid Professional Development

It's probably the oldest narrative in our field: A program or intervention works really well in one site. Then a district tries to implement it across multiple schools and it just ... doesn't seem to take root. Whether you term this problem a lack of fidelity of implementation, a failure to integra...

May 11, 2009

A Kerfuffle in Seattle Over Reduced Teaching Days

Looks like the federal stimulus package may not be the cure-all for staffing flexibility that some thought. Tough talk is coming from both Seattle's superintendent and the teachers' union as the district proposes ways to cut expenses.

April 01, 2009

Utah Districts Institute Common Planning Time

There seems to be a lot of interest these days in on-the-job teacher training provided through professional learning communities, or teams of teachers that meet to review student data and samples of student work and compare teaching strategies. Now some districts in Utah are rearranging their school...

March 12, 2009

Drumming Up Sympathy for PD May Require PR

From Guest Blogger Liana Heitin Last month, Stephen reported on the NSDC finding that U.S. teachers spend more time in the classroom and less time on collaboration and professional development than their peers in the highest-performing countries. (Many of our readers were right on board with the st...

January 30, 2009

Big P.D. Report Coming Out

Professional development is one of the most difficult teacher issues to write about well. It sits right at the nexus of policy and practice, the research on PD is spotty, the common delivery methods ("spray 'n pray" workshops) are positively archaic, and the really good examples are so classroom-bas...

January 05, 2009

Rhee-vised Professional Development

Hopefully by now you've checked out Much Ado About Professional Development per this Bill Turque story in the Washington Post. It must be said: The intrepid bloggers here at Teacher Beat reported Ms. Rhee's plans for PD quite some time ago. Still, I'm glad to see that PD, generally considered a wo...

December 08, 2008

Darling-Hammond Outlines Professional-Development Report

Stanford University professor Linda Darling-Hammond is quickly becoming a polarizing figure for Democrats and the source of much debate, with news articles on her ranging from Tom Toch's take on assessment over at the Quick and the Ed to this New Republic piece that questions her credentials as a sc...

September 22, 2008

Fewer Teachers With Master's Degrees

There's a mysterious drop in the number of teachers with master's degrees in the state of West Virginia. According to data from the state's department of education, the number of such teachers declined 5 percent over the past decade. Some attribute it to the baby boomer-retirement exodus. Others to...

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