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by Judi Randi & Kenneth Zeichner — 2004
To trace the evolution of teachers as learners, we examine past and current staff development practices in light of our new vision of profession development, in which teachers’ knowledge-seeking goals are valued and supported and their work affords them opportunities to achieve their goals. We seek to understand the differences between staff development opportunities typically offered to “schools of teachers” and learning opportunities that situate teaching in a broader professional context. First, we describe these different orientations toward teacher professional development and illustrate them with examples of past and current practices. Next, we examine the theories of learning and teacher knowledge that may explain these differences. Finally, we review promising new practices such as teacher research in which teachers work together within and across schools to contribute to the professional knowledge base and the improvement of the teaching profession.

by Jocelyn Glazier — 2004
This article describes the collaborative work of three teachers, two Arab and one Jewish, as they taught first grade together in a then new bilingual/bicultural school in Israel.

by Joanne Olson & Michael Clough — 2004
Croom’s article "Are There Any Questions?" addresses the importance of teachers’ questions, but it contains several flaws. This commentary argues that the synergy resulting from using multiple teacher behaviors in concert is necessary for diagnosing and promoting student understanding.

by Steven Athanases & Betty Achinstein — 2003
Drawing on the wisdom of practice of 37 experienced teacher induction leaders and case studies of mentor/new teacher pairs, this study found that mentors can interrupt that tendency among new teachers, focusing them on the learning of individual students, especially those underperforming.

by Jonathan Silin & Fran Schwartz — 2003
Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data collected over a 5-year period, we argue that in troubled urban school districts, teacher buy-in to curricular reform is best achieved when change agents adapt their program to the daily needs and problems of classroom teachers.

by Laura Desimone, Andrew Porter, Beatrice Birman, Michael Garet & Kwang Yoon — 2002
This study examines the policy mechanisms and processes that districts can use to provide high-quality in-service professional development for teachers. The findings are based on a national probability sample of district professional development coordinators.

by Elizabeth Dutro, Maria Fisk, Richard Koch, Laura Roop & Karen Wixson — 2002
This article focuses on how a statewide reform initiative, when envisioned as a professional development opportunity, impacted teachers’ capacities to become change agents in their classrooms and districts and how individual district contexts shaped the development of those capacities.

by James Spillane — 2002
This paper investigates school district officials' theories about teacher learning and change.

by Pamela Grossman, Sam Wineburg & Stephen Woolworth — 2001
The authors use their experience with a professional development project to propose a model of teacher community in the workplace.

by Dale Ballou & Michael Podgursky — 2000
The authors challenge the conclusions of the National Commission for Teaching and America’s Future and argue that the research literature offers far less support for the Commission’s recommendations than is claimed.

by Robert Burroughs, Tammy Schwartz & Martha Hendricks-Lee — 2000
Using interviews and qualitative methods, this article examines the rhetorical difficulties that candidates experience in applying for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification.

by Dale Ballou & Michael Podgursky — 2000
The authors respond to criticism by Linda Darling-Hammond of their previous article that challenges the conclusions of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future.

by Lee Teitel — 1997
This article uses a five-year retrospective approach to examine the effect involvement with professional development schools (PDSs) has had on the way colleges or universities prepare teachers.

by Vito Perrone — 1997
This article is essentially an autobiographical reflection on forty years of teaching. It makes use of various accounts of schooling and teacher education practice, placing against them some of my experience and questions.

by Zhixin Su — 1996
This article illustrates how Tao Xingzhi, a former student of John Dewey at Columbia University and a most prominent figure in the modern Chinese history of education, boldly experimented with Dewey’s philosophy in Chinese teacher education.

by James Pennell & William Firestone — 1996
An examination of teacher reform networks in California and Vermont.

by Joseph Cambone — 1995
Time for teachers cannot be readily constructed and scheduled by reformers. Teachers need to construct their own time. This article examines different kinds of time for teachers, arguing that much of school reform will fail if it ignores the multiple constructs, boundaries, rhythms, and patterns of time for teachers.

by Jean Anyon — 1994
The teacher development project described in this article reveals ways in which the social consequences of poverty and racial marginalization may be crucial to the outcomes of educational reform in inner-city schools. The study demonstrates that educational reform can be affected by the economic, political, and cultural context of which a school is in large part a product. The author addresses the consequences of this educational embeddedness for school reform, and suggests that in order to create good schools in the inner cities, educational reform must be accompanied by other, more fundamental social changes.

by Virginia Richardson — 1994
In this chapter teacher inquiry refers to an individual or a group of teachers being systematically thoughtful about their teaching, students, and/ or contexts. Teacher inquiry may or may not include formal gathering and analysis of data and writing for publication.

by Helen Featherstone — 1993
Presents narratives on beginning teachers and their experiences. They describe a complex interplay between self-discovery and explorations of individual students and subject matter.

by Ardra Cole — 1992

by Derek Bok — 1991
Strategies for enhancing the quality of instruction at the university level

by Ann Lieberman & Lynne Miller — 1990
This article focuses on professional practice schools as contexts for the continuing professional development of experienced inservice teachers. A framework for developing a culture of inquiry in a school is provided, appropriate professional growth activities are considered, and problems and dilemmas associated with teacher development in professional practice schools are discussed.

by Margret Buchmann — 1990
This article examines factors which contribute to the development of professional thinking in the helping professions, including teaching.

by Richard Anderson & Bonnie Armbruster — 1990
This article describes some maxims derived from recent theory in learning and instruction and from reflection on excellent practice, explaining and illustrating them using examples from a successful literacy training program, Reading Recovery.

by Barbara Bowman — 1989
This article argues that a blend of scientific and personal knowledge is essential for sound professional practice in early childhood education. The need for empathy, subjective understanding, compassion, feeling, and self-knowledge is emphasized and implications for teacher education discussed.

by Linda Darling-Hammond — 1987
Declaring that "the foundation of a profession is not permission to practice autonomously, it is shared responsibility for collectively shaping standards of professional practice," Linda Darling-Hammond speaks to the differential staffing and professional development school proposals of the Holmes Group. However, her central concern is with the nature of good teaching itself.

by Mary Raywid — 1987
First considering the threat of the Holmes Group proposals to teacher educators in undergraduate colleges, Raywid then turns to criticize the differential staffing proposal as a cutting up of what should be a connected set of roles and tasks that all good teachers should be able to perform. She ends with a critical exploration of the idea of sound subject matter preparation for teachers.

by Judith Little — 1984
This article is an exercise in healthy skepticism. Findings on effective staff development programs, reported with some enthusiasm and confidence, have been subjected to a closer look. The enthusiasm survives; the confidence has been tempered.

by Judith Schwartz — 1984
The Scarsdale Teachers Institute is an inservice program for faculty run by teachers. This article describes the goverance, collaboration, content, and evaluation of a different type of school improvement.

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  • Streaming videos showcasing the work of exemplary teachers
    With a shortage of teachers nationwide, but particularly in the New York City area, more and more educators are entering school this fall with little or no hands-on classroom experience. Over-crowded classes, pressure to “teach to tests,” and a more diversified student population will also put added stress on this new crop of teachers. Guidance in the form of professional development, via the Internet, is now available providing access to an archive of wisdom and best practices from some of the greatest teachers on the front lines. Teachers Network, with a grant from the AT&T Foundation, has developed a series of interactive streaming videos, which offers practical instruction for the novice teacher, and serves as a form of “digital mentoring.”
  • Teaching Education
    Teaching Education is an interdisciplinary forum for innovative practices and research in teacher education.
  • Teachers Network
    Teachers Network is a nationwide, non-profit education organization that identifies and connects innovative teachers exemplifying professionalism and creativity within public school systems. Over 40,000 public school teachers have received Teachers Network grants and fellowships in the areas of curriculum, leadership, policy, and new media.
  • Professional Development: Learning From the Best
    This site is designed for school and district-level teachers, administrators, and others interested in improving professional development.
  • Journal of Education for Teaching
    The Journal of Education for Teaching is an established international periodical which publishes original contributions on the subject of teacher education.
  • Tapped In
    TAPPED IN™ is the online workplace of an international community of education professionals. K-12 teachers and librarians, professional development staff, teacher education faculty and students, and researchers engage in professional development programs and informal collaborative activities with colleagues.
  • Staff Development Policy: Fuzzy Choices in an Imperfect Market
    It is argued here that staff development in the public elementary and secondary schools of the United States is misguided in both policy and practice.
  • Phi Delta Kappan
    The Phi Delta Kappan publishes articles concerned with educational research, service, and leadership; issues, trends, and policy are emphasized.
  • Educational Review
    Educational Review publishes general articles and accounts of research of interest to teachers, to lecturers, to research workers in education and educational psychology, and to students of education.
  • Educational Researcher
    Published by the American Educational Research Association, the Educational Researcher features section publishes manuscripts that report, synthesize, review, or analyze scholarly inquiry, especially manuscripts that focus on the interpretation, implication, or significance of R&D work in education, and manuscripts that examine developments important to the R&D field.
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