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.

The Importance of Cockeyed Optimism: Proceeding with Pride and Confidence

The importance of cockeyed optimism: Proceeding with pride and confidence

Questions from our reflective observer:

Why do we usually give end-of-year tests but rarely use beginning-of-year pretests so we can calculate gain?

Are we stubborn? Surely not all of us are that stubborn.

My principal is a great mentor and coach and a specialist in literacy. Does she have to hire another mentor or literacy coach?

Why are three-fifths of our college and university students females, and why are their average grades higher than the male average?

At this point no one should be surprised that institutional change comes down to changing ourselves. Unless someone believes that professional development is perfect, we have to fan the winds of change—in our own ...

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