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ERIC Number: ED545126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 39
Abstractor: ERIC
A New Vision for Teacher Professional Growth & Support: Six Steps to a More Powerful School System Strategy
Education Resource Strategies
One of a series of Education Resource Strategies (ERS) publications and tools, this paper explores important ways to organize and invest in Professional Growth & Support that strengthen teaching capacity and effectiveness at the system level. It draws on research, ERS experience with urban school systems nationwide, and detailed analyses of Professional Growth & Support spending in Washington, DC; Duval County Public Schools, Florida; and the charter management network, Achievement First (AF). The authors present a new vision in which strategic school systems integrate a core set of instructional improvement activities that strengthen and reinforce one another. They also introduce principles common to strategic Professional Growth & Support systems, describe these practices in the three systems, and identify the biggest levers and challenges to implementing productive strategies. In this paper, the authors hope to both challenge and support educational leaders to create a more strategic, integrated approach to building teaching effectiveness. To do this, they identify six steps school system leaders can take to implement this vision cost-effectively. With each step, they describe the strategy, share insights from spending and practice data across school systems, highlight challenges, and provide some tips for taking action. Appended are: (1) Eight Principles of a Strategic Professional Growth & Support System; (2) School System Background; (3) The Components of Professional Growth & Support; (4) AF's Essentials of Effective Instruction (Basis for Observation Rubric); (5) AF's Annual Professional Growth & Support Schedule; and (6) AF's Career Stages and Compensation.
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Resource Strategies
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; District of Columbia; Florida; New York; Rhode Island