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Personalized Professional Learning Hits the Mark

Challenges of Effective PD for Teachers 

In K-12, teacher training is at least a $4 billion market, or approximately $1100 per teacher per year. And yet over half of teachers report no positive impact from professional learning on their teaching practice. “Treats them like children” is one of the key complaints about training.

Professionals leave when they do not receive professional development that supports their learning needs. Almost half of all new teachers leave the profession in the first five years. Nationwide, shortage of teachers already exceeds 110,000 vacancies.

Can the best models in adult learning be relevant to ...

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The Missing Piece in Professional Development

PD options and content overwhelms one's ability to keep it together. The big question is how do you know who needs what kind of learning in the first place?

We expect teachers to differentiate learning for their students, but they rarely get learning targeted to their professional needs. The result can be a feeling of resentment about PD in general. “Treats them like children” is among the most common complaints about training. A report by Teach Plus estimates that 56 percent of teachers do not see positive impact from the professional development offered by their school or district.

As districts ...

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