In the News: Teacher Professional Development – Many Choices, Few Quality Checks

Teachers in most states need to earn a certain number of professional development credits in order to renew their licenses, but as Stephen Sawchuk explains in Ed Week’s Teacher magazine, what we have today is “a bewildering array of providers offering education credits” and nobody in charge of ensuring quality.

Sawchuk’s article looks at the range of options out there and at effforts by one state to provide quality control.

Michael Horn wrote for EdNext about a new way to think about professional development earlier this year.

In 2015, Andy Smarick wrote about a report that found that teacher professional development is mostly ineffective. Daniel Weisberg wrote this response.

Earlier Rick Hess wrote critically about professional development.

Robert Pondiscio wrote about the importance of connecting teacher professional development to the curriculum here.

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