Skip to Main Content
NATIONAL-ACADEMIES.ORG  
  
National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
Institute of Medicine
National Research Council
Teacher Advisory Council
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
TAC - TOPICS
Teacher Professional Development

 

Recognizing ineffective professional development as a critical issue, TAC has convened a number of workshops that address various aspects of professional development, a topic that has direct relevance and impact, both positive and negative, on all teachers' professional growth their willingness to remain in classrooms, and ultimately their ability to improve student learning.

 

Teachers too often have experience a "one-size-fits-all" professional development model, in which someone else decides what they need to learn. And too often, experiences with professional development focus primarily on improvement (i.e., remediation) rather than professional growth and exploration of new ideas, cutting-edge developments in a teacher's field of expertise, or promising new pedagogies. This conventional model seldom meets the particular needs of teachers in specific fields and disciplines, such as mathematics, science, and technology.

 

Science Lab 

 

 

Reports

Enhancing Professional Development for Teachers: Potential Uses of Information Technology, Report of a Workshop  (CFE)
2007

Teachers, like other professionals, need to stay informed about new knowledge and technologies. Yet many express dissatisfaction with the professional development opportunities made available to them... Read more


Linking Mandatory Professional Development with High-Quality Teaching and Learning: Proceedings and Transcripts (CD-ROM)  
2006

This is a CD with the proceedings and transcripts from a workshop on Linking Mandatory Professional Development with High-Quality Teaching and Learning. This workshop was presented by the National... Read more



The National Academies

TAC Home About TAC TAC History TAC Members TAC Associates by State TAC Staff News and Events Upcoming Events Our Work Current Projects Publications TAC Reports Work With Us Our Study Process Study Process Brochure Getting to Know the Committee Process Overview for Sponsors Guide for Study Sponsors
left imagetext captioncenter image