Professional Development in an Education World of Accountability

Professional Development in an Education World of Accountability

The AIMS Center for Math and Science Education is prepared to help. We are available to collaborate and build an effective Professional Development Plan for your school or district. We know that educators benefit from good sustained professional development and in today’s high stakes era of standards and student achievement it is usually focused on student learning. Current research says traditional one time PD is ineffective and does not change anticipated outcomes. The biggest obstacle for schools or districts is finding ample time to afford teachers quality, worthwhile PD.

It takes considerable planning, support, and time to see the implementation of educational reforms be successful. It is my opinion that we will never expect less rigor from students and teachers than we expect today, but perhaps continue to require more. If that is so, then we should evaluate, create, and plan for effective PD that shows outcomes that benefit students in school.

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I will continue to read and share the most current research about PD. Future posts will share my findings. I hope to give some you insight on what considerations you may want to make in developing an ongoing PD plan.

http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/Main-Menu/Staffingstudents/Teaching-the-Teachers-Effective-Professional-Development-in-an-Era-of-High-Stakes-Accountability/Teaching-the-Teachers-Full-Report.pdf

What Does a Tree Eat?

What Does a Tree Eat?

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Learning What Steffe’s Research Found Supports Fractional Knowledge

Learning What Steffe’s Research Found Supports Fractional Knowledge

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How I See the Change at AIMS Affecting the Graduate Math & Science Education Program at FPU. – Part One

How I See the Change at AIMS Affecting the Graduate Math & Science Education Program at FPU. – Part One

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AIMS Math and Science Professional Development

AIMS Math and Science Professional Development

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What the Science Education Research Says!

What the Science Education Research Says!

Long before the Next Generation Science Standards were all the buzz I downloaded from the National Research Council (NRC) web site a free copy of the book, Taking Science to School – Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8, ©2007. I found the messages contained in the document’s Executive Summary compelling because they closely matched…

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What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

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The Journey of a Student’s Understanding of Number Using the Ten Frame – Part Two

The Journey of a Student’s Understanding of Number Using the Ten Frame – Part Two

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