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ERIC Number: EJ861311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Focus, Feedback, Follow-Through: Professional Development Basics Guide District's Plan
Renfro, Lori; Grieshaber, Adriel
Journal of Staff Development, v30 n4 p26-28, 30-31 Fall 2009
This article features the Dysart Unified School District in Surprise, Arizona and discusses how the district developed a long-term professional development plan. The authors present an example that highlights what is becoming common practice in the district: supporting teachers through differentiated, job-embedded professional learning, using specific feedback as the vehicle to impact classroom instruction. The authors also discuss how the district implemented a professional learning model that emphasizes collaboration between teachers and coaches. The effective professional learning implemented in the district is grounded in what educators believe are three professional development basics: (1) a focus on quality teaching; (2) opportunities for specific feedback; and (3) follow-through to ensure a high level of implementation. The payoff is increased student learning as an outcome of reducing the gap between what teachers know and what they do.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona