Higher Learning

“Teachers Know Best,” a recent study by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, found that U.S. districts spend a total of $18 billion each year on professional development (PD) and teachers devote about 90 hours annually to doing PD—yet only 29 percent are highly satisfied with their district’s offerings. A large majority of teachers say PD does not help to prepare them for their jobs.
The teachers described the ideal PD experience as frequent, relevant, interactive, and delivered by a person who “gets it.” They also requested more coaching and collaboration.
While most districts have moved away from the once-a-year-bring-everyone-together-for-a-lecture format, it sounds like we could do a lot better.

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