Why good professional development still fails


Originally posted on ImprovingTeaching:

Say ‘No’ to professional development.  That’s the obvious conclusion to be drawn from a series of recent, rigorous, randomised-controlled studies of professional development programmes.  Unlike so much professional development, they incorporated all the ingredients suggested by reviews of the evidence (such as Desimone, 2009), including expert input, leadership support, a subject knowledge focus and lasting a year or more.  Yet despite thoughtful design, careful implementation and significant investment, these programmes led to no discernible improvements in student learning.

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