Teacher Development...or Lack Of?
Researchers from Stanford University and the National Staff Development Council have prepared a new "status" report on teacher development activities. Some of its findings:
So what to do....and who is at fault? Coordinators of professional development experiences that are inept...? Administrators that do not support...? Teachers who do not care...?
- 71% of the teachers had been assigned some kind of mentor teacher
- Though teachers need about 50 hours of concentrated professional development time to make significant changes, most professiobnal development experiences in the United States were much shorter
- Secondary teachers were less likely to engage in professional development than elementary teachers
- U.S. teachers rarely collaborated professionally in designing curriculum and sharing teaching practices...and the collaboration that did occur was weak and not focused om strengthening teaching and learning
- U.S. teachers claim that the words "not useful" describe the majority of the professional development opportunities available to them