Publisher(s): Center for American Progress
Author(s): Jerald, Craig D.
Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
View Report (35 pages; 988KB; PDF)
Area of Focus: Teacher Quality and Leadership
This report distinguishes between two strategies for boosting teaching effectiveness: using selective recruitment, retention, and “deselection” to attract and keep effective teachers while removing ineffective ones (“movin’ it”) and enhancing effectiveness through professional development (“improvin’ it”).
Key Findings and/or Recommendations
=School systems should combine both policies to maximize increases in teaching effectiveness.
=In recent years, published studies show substantial improvements in teaching and student learning from some forms of professional development.
=Policymakers should incentivize school systems to eradicate ineffectual and unproven professional development, invest in proven models, and anticipate and prevent hurdles to implementation.
=Districts should conduct comprehensive audits of all of their investments in professional development and ensure that teachers receive meaningful feedback.
Subjects/Keywords: Professional Development; Teacher Effectiveness; Teacher Evaluation
+ Successful strategy
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