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The revised classic for designing mathematics and science professional development presents an updated planning framework and many professional development strategies and emphasizes continuous program monitoring and building professional cultures.

Critical Issues to Consider in Designing Professional Development
Critical issues to consider in designing professional development
Figure 4.1 Critical Issues Influencing Professional Development

Seven critical issues need to be considered as one designs and provides professional development for teachers. These issues are (1) building capacity for sustainability, (2) making time for professional development, (3) developing leadership, (4) ensuring equity, (5) building a professional learning culture, (6) garnering public support, and (7) scaling up (see Figure 4.1).

All seven issues discussed in this chapter are important, and lack of attention to any one of them can ultimately doom a professional development initiative. As Susan Loucks-Horsley repeatedly warned when sharing the design framework with professional developers, “Ignore these at your own peril.” The seven critical issues play an important ...

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