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ERIC Number: ED484815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Teacher Professional Development: A Primer for Parents and Community Members
Public Education Network
Quality teachers are the single greatest determinant of student achievement. Teacher education, ability, and experience account for more variation in student achievement than all other factors. Studies have found that 40 to 90 percent of the difference in student test scores can be attributed to teacher quality. Knowing the subject matter, understanding how students learn, and practicing effective teaching methods translate into greater student achievement. Therefore, it is vitally important that teachers be well prepared when they begin teaching and that they continue to improve their knowledge and skills throughout their careers. This primer on the importance of professional development for teachers is designed to give parents and community members an overview of professional development, and identifies steps they can take to support quality professional development for teachers. The text draws heavily on The Delivery, Financing, and Assessment of Professional Development in Education: Pre-Service Preparation and In-Service Training, published by The Finance Project in 2003.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Community; Parents; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Education Network, Washington, DC.; The Finance Project
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A