Below you will find a brief description of the key components of Professional Development:
The National Commission on Teaching and America's Future found that investing in teacher knowledge and skills nets greater increases in student achievement than other uses of education dollars. In addition, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has shown that the qualifications and training of teachers affect reading achievement (Darling-Hammond, 1999). There is a growing body of evidence that professional development, when viewed as an integral part of the life of the school, allows teachers to acquire the experience that encourages them to grow and change in the context of school reform (Lieberman, 1995).
This section provides resources for school leaders and literacy coaches to provide support for enhancing instructional practices, learning about assessment, choosing instructional materials and improving classroom management.