Martin institute presentation.professional development
The Changing Landscape of Professional Development Robert Ryshke
Information• Robert Ryshke• Center for Teaching http://www.westminster.net/center-for-teaching• http:rryshke.wordpress.com (blog)• @centerteach (Twitter)• Conference hastag is #micon12
What I hope to achieve!• Describe Center for Teaching’s work.• Share standards & models for professional development.• Engage in conversation and reﬂection about effective professional development.
Innovative Respond to needs of all learners. Technology aiding in PD delivery.
What are criteria for effective professional development?
Guskey, 2003• Studied 13 lists of criteria for effective PD• 21 characteristics identiﬁed• enhancement of teachers’ content knowledge & expertise was most frequently cited.• “time” was frequently cited
Guskey, 2003• Using analyses of student learning data to guide professional development was RARELY cited as an important criteria.
Guskey ConcludesThere is littleagreement on criteriafor effectiveprofessionaldevelopment
Guskey concludesMost criteria are toocomplicated and lacka foundation instrong research
Guskey concludesTeacher effectivenesswithin schools varies.It seems to be tied totheir commitment toprofessional growth.
What do we really know about the relationship betweenprofessional development and improvements in student learning?
Yoon, 2007• 9 of 1,343 studies met standards of What Works Clearinghouse ★ Workshop & summer institutes ★ Outside expert ★ Time-30 + hrs shows positive correlation ★ Follow-up ★ Activities ★ Content
Implications of Yoon• Assess & evaluate effectiveness• Demand evidence new strategies & practices work• Begin small-scale, controlled, pilot the work• Pursue greater rigor in study of PD’s effectiveness
Yoon & Guskey, 2009 Effective professional developmentrequires considerable time, and that time must be well organized, carefully structured, purposefully directed andfocused on content or pedagogy or both.
Center’s Cohort Program FACULTY COHORT PROGRAM PAT BASSETT 21ST CENTURY PD✦ collaborate on action research projects ✦collaborative✦ meet twice monthly for the school year ✦ongoing✦ exchange information on school issues ✦site speciﬁc to address local issues✦ discuss current educational topics ✦focused on deepening a teacher’s✦ interact with educational experts content knowledge✦ share their professional development ✦reﬂective of educational research experiences, learning new strategies ✦provide time, support, and resources to from peers. enable teachers to master new content and pedagogy, and integrate this knowledge and skills into their practice.