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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Teacher Advisory Council
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
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.


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

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)  

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