This comprehensive resource examines five major models of professional development and how they can be implemented and tailored to meet the multifaceted needs of any school or district.



This book presents an inquiry into professional development aimed at sorting out its varieties, the organizational processes designed to make them work, and the effects they can have when they are implemented properly.

We have assembled information from four sources:

First is the set of commonly used models of professional development; we find them in practice and in books and articles describing and advocating them.

Second are sources of data about professional development and its organizational context. These take the form of reports of formal research, descriptions of action research and evaluation of particular approaches, and reports of practice. Studies of learning by educators and effects on student learning are a small but highly important source.

Third are studies of the intricate layers of the organizations in which ...

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