Saturday, March 14, 2009

Professional development leads to student success

Our school's MPD (Math Professional Developer), Ms. Domingo, shares how we do professional development during collaborative meetings in her blog. Guess whose classroom is this...
A recent report confirms that professional development of teachers is crucial to student achievement.
Kristin Prager, left, who teaches fourth and fifth grade at Pine Bluffs Elementary School, listens to Laramie County School District 2 "master teacher" Craig Williams during a teacher development session at the school in Pine Bluffs, Wyo., on Feb. 18, 2009. A recent study says students in European and Asian countries that devote more time to routine teacher development score higher than American students on math and science. The school district recently voted to do away with teacher development every Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)

A Wyoming school district has abandoned a Wednesday ritual of sending students home early so teachers can participate in professional development. Some parents felt their children were being cheated out of instructional time, but a recent report shows the most successful students have teachers who spend a lot of time training. Google/The Associated Press

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