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Document Number: 6894

Professional Development Analysis - Professional development for teachers can have a positive impact on student achievement if it: (1) is sustained over time; (2) focuses on specific content areas or instructional strategies; (3) supports the collective learning of most if not all teachers in a school; (4) aligns with school and teacher goals; and (5) provides opportunities for teachers to practice and apply new knowledge. However, this report finds that in general, teacher professional development does not reflect these characteristics, which results in mixed results in improving student achievement. The report provides recommendations for those planning professional development. (Ravay Snow-Renner and Patricia A. Lauer, McREL, 2005) ...


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