Characteristics of Quality Professional Development

  • Continuous learning, not a one-time seminar
  • Focused on improving classroom practice and increasing student learning
  • Embedded in the daily work of teaching, not relegated to special occasions or separated from the learning needs of students
  • Centered on crucial teaching and learning activities: planning lessons, evaluating student work and developing curriculum
  • Cultivated in a culture of collegiality that involves sharing knowledge and experience on the same student improvement objectives
  • Supported by modeling and coaching that teaches problem-solving techniques
  • Based on investigation of practice through case study, analysis, and professional discourse

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