Magazine article District Administration

A Push for Sustainable Teacher Learning

Magazine article District Administration

A Push for Sustainable Teacher Learning

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TODAY'S YOUNG STUDENTS ARE getting a little help from some national technology leaders--in particular, a push for more ongoing and relevant professional development for their present and future teachers.

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)--the main association for state technology directors and staff members, which provides professional development and leadership for the effective use of education technology--released its fourth of five reports in November as part of its Class of 2020: Action Plan for Education project.

The report, Empowering Teachers: A Professional and Collaborative Approach, lays out five key recommendations: making sustainable professional development available to all teachers, providing new teachers with integrated pedagogy, ensuring administrators have access to training and support, and conducting research investigating the efficacy of comprehensive professional development models.

Mary Ann Wolf, SETDA's executive director, says professional development approaches must shift from "one-time, stand-alone workshops" to ongoing learning for teachers and administrators.

"Our action plan highlights the strengths of some district programs and encourages all states and districts to incorporate proven examples into existing professional models to maximize potential for student achievement," says Christine Fox, SETDA's director of professional development and research. Examples of ongoing professional development could include the use of online portals, online learning communities and coaches. …

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