Principals Share Teachers Views on Professional Development

Findings include the following:

  • Few teachers (29 percent) are highly satisfied with current professional development offerings.
  • Few teachers (34 percent) think professional development has improved.
  • Large majorities of teachers do not believe that professional development is helping them prepare for the changing nature of their jobs, including using technology and digital learning tools, analyzing student data to differentiate instruction, and implementing the Common Core State Standards and other standards.
  • Professional development formats strongly supported by district leadership and principals, such as professional learning communities and coaching, are currently not meeting teachers’ needs.
  • Principals largely share teachers’ concerns about the efficacy of professional learning.


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