What teachers need to make professional learning work

March 24, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Moving from compliance to agency: What teachers need to make professional learning work is the title of a 2016 white paper released by the US NCTAF (National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future and Learning Forward (the group that publishes Journal of Staff Development).

From page 2: “The heart of the matter is this: For many teachers, professional development has long been an empty exercise in compliance, one that falls short of its objectives and rarely improves professional practice. and

The more than 1,600 teachers surveyed characterized their professional development as irrelevant, ineffective, and “not connected to their core work of helping students learn.”

From page 3: “In the course of our research, we have come to believe that to transform professional learning so that it really supports educator learning, education leaders will need to pay greater attention to the importance of teacher agency. In addition to analyzing data, visiting classrooms, and reviewing school and system goals, leaders must cultivate an environment of continuous learning that engages teachers in their professional learning at every step of way. They must understand the intangible, but enormous, value teachers place on being listened to and involved meaningfully as well as the benefits the school community enjoys when teachers are intrinsically motivated to pursue their continued development.”

The rest of the paper includes a definition of “agency”; conditions for supporting agency;  7 step to improve agency within your school.district; and more.

Check it out!


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