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ERIC Number: EJ915118
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
The Federal Policy Landscape: A Look at How Legislation Affects Professional Development
Islas, M. Rene
Journal of Staff Development, v31 n6 p10-12, 14 Dec 2010
Four years ago, Learning Forward established "affecting the policy context" as the first of five strategic priorities that would guide its efforts through 2011. Learning Forward believes that good policy promotes good practice and that laws and policies that promote and support effective professional development are needed to achieve the organization's purpose. Learning Forward set its sights on the nation's most influential education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), currently authorized as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The law was set to expire and undergo improvement, or reauthorization, in 2007. Learning Forward studied recent federal laws impacting professional development, developed a policy agenda with detailed recommendations for laws to guide the local practice of professional learning, and set out to advocate for the agenda and recommendations in Congress, the White House, U.S. Department of Education, and in the community of education organizations in Washington. While Congress has yet to reauthorize ESEA, Learning Forward has made a significant impact on the dialogue on professional development in the nation's capital, and even more significantly on federal policy. A centerpiece of Learning Forward's work is establishing a new definition of professional development to be included in the reauthorized ESEA. If Learning Forward is able to achieve this goal, its criteria for high-quality professional development becomes part of federal statute, providing greater potential to shape local practices. To understand the context in which Learning Forward works to impact policy, this article presents a review of how current and recent education laws have addressed professional development, the Obama administration's policies on educator effectiveness, and a look ahead to what the next reauthorization of ESEA will say about professional development.
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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 - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001