Getting Smart on Transformative Professional Development

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Authored by Alvin Crawford, Dr. Mark Porterie, Irvin Scott, Stephanie Hirsh & Tom Vander Ark
In partnership with: Knowledge Delivery Systems

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Schools, districts and organizations are using blended learning strategies to accelerate professional growth and provide real-time learning. Teachers now have the opportunity to learn what they need, when and how they want, and have options for showing what they know and can do.

Our work over the past several years has pointed us to examples of programs that are making a difference in their communities and for the corners of their (face-to-face or virtual) world. However, to move from a vision for transformative professional development to reality hinges upon the ability to deliver high quality professional development at scale.

An approach like the one described in this publication includes:

  • Research-based practices for transformative professional development
  • Online professional development and ways to scale
  • Examples of program and school districts making the change to high quality, online and blended professional development (hint: it’s working!)
  • Practical tips from educators in the field doing this work now

Preparing new professional development models needs to start right away. It is possible to transform professional development and to scale. We can turn the vision of transformative professional development into a reality.

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