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A Form of Professional Development That Research Shows Might Actually Help Teachers: Coaching

The 74 Million – Matt Barnum

““Professional development” is a four-letter word to some teachers, calling to mind all-staff lectures promising quick fixes, often from consultants who appear on inservice day and are never seen again. Similarly, researchers have generally been unable to find strong evidence on what forms of teacher professional development work or even whether the estimated billions of dollars districts spend on it annually are worthwhile. Now a new study points to one promising strategy for helping current teachers improve: one-on-one coaching.”(more)

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