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ERIC Number: ED515891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 169
Abstractor: ERIC
Teacher Professional Learning in the United States: Case Studies of State Policies and Strategies. Technical Report
Jaquith, Ann; Mindich, Dan; Wei, Ruth Chung; Darling-Hammond, Linda
Learning Forward (NJ)
This report is the third of a three-phase research study of teacher professional learning opportunities in the United States. In this third phase of the research, the authors conducted case studies of four professionally active states to get a deeper look at the policy frameworks that support professional development in those states. These states--Colorado, Missouri, New Jersey, and Vermont--have made significant gains in student performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, scoring above the national average, and showed evidence of high levels of teacher participation in professional development in the 2008 National Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES) or on other indicators of access to professional learning. The states represent pockets of promising practice, having created environments in which innovative approaches to school and instructional improvement have gradually gained a foothold. Across the four states, the authors found varied approaches to professional development policy and implementation, including differing levels of support and control at the state level and divergent strategies for monitoring and promoting professional development activity at the local level. But these states shared some common strategies for leveraging professional development access and quality, including: (1) Developing standards to guide accountability; (2) Monitoring quality; (3) Requiring induction and mentoring programs; (4) Leveraging collegial strategies for professional learning; (5) Partnering with professional organizations; (6) Creating networks of intermediary organizations; (7) Addressing federal mandates and accountability requirements in constructive ways; and (8) Skillfully marshalling resources. Appendices include: (1) NAEP Data for Four Case Study States; (2) Methodology; and (3) Professional Development Policy Provisions in Four Case Study States. (Contains 14 tables, 6 figures and 20 footnotes.) [For the related report, "Professional Learning in the Learning Profession: A Status Report on Teacher Development in the U.S. and Abroad. Technical Report", see ED504168.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Learning Forward
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Missouri; New Jersey; United States; Vermont
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress; Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)