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(Webinar) How Investing in Teacher and Leader Professional Development Can Support Student Success
August 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Research has proven that classroom instruction and effective school leadership are the top two in-school factors in raising student achievement. Yet, educational systems must afford educators the necessary opportunities for professional learning and growth as they work to elevate teaching and learning in all schools. Title II of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the major federal funding stream that provides flexibility for states and districts to support professional development for their teacher, paraprofessional, and school leader workforce to help ensure all students have equitable access to high-quality teachers and principals. Proposals and actions to reduce or eliminate the funding raises the following questions: Does investing in teacher and leader professional development make a difference? And if so, what separates effective professional development from ineffective offerings?
During this webinar, researchers will share findings from a new review on professional development that improves students’ academic outcomes. The Learning Policy Institute reviewed 35 methodologically rigorous studies and identified seven key common elements of effective professional development, which states and districts can use to design effective professional learning programs. Panelists will also discuss promising, evidence-based investments in school leadership, including those contai