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Document Number: 5863

Bridging the Gap Between Standards and Achievement: The Imperative for Professional Development in Education - The demands of current accountability systems and the present teacher education and professional development systems demand a new paradigm for teacher development, argues Richard Elmore in this report. He encourages a “consensus view” of effective professional development—embracing “a strong focus on systemwide and schoolwide performance goals, heavy emphasis on teachers’ content knowledge and the pedagogical skills that go with effective instruction, explicit theories of adult learning, use of group settings, moving learning close to the point of practice”—and identifies the areas that must be addressed in order for such large-scale improvement to be implemented. The author likewise defines high organizational capacity and its vital role in bringing about a system of effective professional development. (Richard F. Elmore, Albert Shanker Institute, 2002)...

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