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For sustained success, educators must commit to their own lifelong improvement.

Commitment to high-quality professional learning is a common aspect of educational systems of the the world's highest-achieving nations. Despite evidence that effective professional learning can be a powerful lever for school improvement, much of the professional development (PD) that is conducted in the United States has had limited impact on teacher practice…

In these pages, John Murray identifies research-based characteristics of effective teacher professional learning, detailing eight strategies for planning and executing professional development programs and evaluating their results. Content includes: The proven “backward” approach to articulating the goals of your PD program; Descriptions of innovative and effective designs for professional learning such as Lesson Study and Instructional Rounds; Powerful approaches to designing and implementing online PD

Packed with templates that make getting started easy, this all-in-one resource will facilitate deep professional learning that truly enhances student achievement.

“This book is one that any teacher or administrator who is involved with leading professional learning and continuous improvement—new to the field or with great experience—would find great value in.”

— Jeff Ronneberg, Superintendent

Spring Lake Park Schools, MN

“This is a critical resource that should be on every education leader's bookshelf. You will be challenged to find another book with so much helpful information on so many important professional development strategies that you can get started on immediately to facilitate real change in your school.”

— John D. Ross, Educational Consultant

Pulaski, VA

A Call to Action
A call to action

Teacher learning opportunities should be built into the daily work of teachers and involve teachers working collaboratively to discuss and solve problems directly related to their instruction and the students in their school.

—Rob Evans

Few school teachers and leaders would discount the eminently logical idea that teachers should be supported in the continuous improvement of their craft. In fact, millions of dollars and countless hours are spent on teacher professional development in American schools each year. Have professional development practices in our schools been effective in promoting the continuous growth and learning of their teachers? Does the money and time result in improved teacher knowledge and classroom instruction and in enhanced student learning?

A recent study I conducted indicated that ...

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