This brief estimates the impact of a statewide implementation of Opportunity Culture models, using North Carolina as an example. Impacts estimated include student learning outcomes, gross state product, teacher pay, and other career characteristics, and state income tax revenue. Estimates indicate the potential for a statewide transition to Opportunity Culture models to provide a brighter future for students, teachers, and the state’s economy.
Professional Development for Educators
This research synthesis, Designing Effective Professional Development Experiences: What Do We Know?, was written for the John Edward Porter Professional Development Center at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory as a resource for schools and districts to help them design more effective professional development experiences for teachers. Examining the research base to date, this synthesis identifies certain characteristics of professional development activities that influence whether or not participants achieve their stated goals.
Professional Development: Learning from the Best — A Toolkit for Schools and Districts Based on Model Professional Development Award Winners
Written by Emily Ayscue Hassel, and published by North Central Regional Education Laboratory in 1999, this toolkit takes the best practices of award-winning schools and organizes them into a step-by-step planner for designing and implementing professional development.
This presentation was designed by Lucy Steiner to enable district officials in Columbia, South Carolina to plan more effective professional development experiences for teachers. Examining the research base to date, the presentation identifies the characteristics of effective professional development and describes which professional development activities are more likely to increase student achievement.
Lucy Steiner designed this workshop to enable district officials in Columbia, South Carolina to design professional development experiences for teachers that increase student learning. The presentation provides step-by-step guidance on how to analyze existing performance data, identify goals for student and teacher learning, select and implement effective professional development activities, and evaluate impact.
This issue brief, prepared by Lucy Steiner and Julie Kowal, takes a look at instructional coaching and elements to look for when selecting, preparing, and evaluating coaches for effectiveness. This is part one of a two part series.
Lucy Steiner and Julie Kowal examine the role of the principal as instructional leader, including activities such as assessing needs and goals, selecting a coaching strategy, and implementing and supporting the coaching program. This is part two of a two part series.