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ERIC Number: EJ971767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Double Take
Educational Leadership, v68 n4 p8-9 Dec 2010-Jan 2011
This article first presents findings from a report from the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and the National Staff Development Council titled "Professional Development in the United States: Trends and Challenges." The report raised the issue of the "intensity" of professional development--that is, the number of hours that teachers receive training on a given topic. Next, it reports on an end to "wild and wacky" pedagogical methods that have distracted schools in the United Kingdom in the past. British Education Secretary Michael Gove recently exhorted teachers to adopt a "commonsense" approach to teaching. Lastly, the article presents a helpline--at the Teachers Network website--that connects visitors to teachers with expertise in areas ranging from using new media to adjusting instruction for language learners. At the helpline (, visitors can not only access lesson plans, activities, and articles that these "web mentor" teachers have posted related to their specialties, but also e-mail a practice-based question to a web mentor teacher and expect a response within 72 hours.
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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: United Kingdom