What does effective educator PD look like?
by Participate, on 2/26/17 2:09 PM
In a report published in 2016, Learning First conducted an in-depth analysis of the most effective educational systems around the world based on PISA scores (see below). They found significant patterns related to impact of professional learning that contributes to student success.
For teachers working in the most effective educational systems of Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and British Columbia,
Professional learning is central to their jobs. It is not an add-on. It is not something done on Friday afternoons or on a few days at the end of the school year. Teacher professional learning is how they all improve student learning; it is how they improve schools; and it is how they are evaluated in their jobs.
The U.S., though, offers a different trend.
In 2009, a study conducted by Linda Darling-Hammond found that 90 percent of U.S. teachers participated in one-off workshops. Research has repeatedly shown that these types of workshops have little to no impact on teacher practice or student learning.
Teacher professional learning is how they all improve student learning; it is how they improve schools; and it is how they are evaluated in their jobs.
We know what doesn’t work — providing teachers with workshops that are expensive and don’t meet teacher needs.
We know that effective PD models should be:
- Ongoing with significant duration. Researchers found 80 hours or more of PD were needed to see teachers using new practices in the classroom.
- Differentiated. Learning opportunities need to be available based on a teacher’s experience, student population, content area and input from peers and administrators.
- Active, inquiry-based and focused on modeling so teachers feel comfortable and confident using their new skills.
- Innovative by utilizing technologies that allow for interest-driven learning.
At Participate we build personalized, meaningful and modern professional development models that go beyond typical classes and workshops. Our team is passionate about creating learning experiences that have an impact at the organizational and individual level.