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Are Great Teachers Born or Made?

by Peshe C. Kuriloff - October 28, 2015

In light of recent debates about the value of professional development, this article revisits the question of whether or not great teachers are made or born. If, as the recent study released by TNTP claims, professional development has no impact on teacher performance, we could draw the conclusion that good teachers are simply born good and no professional development program will make them better. That conclusion, however, contradicts ample evidence that teachers, like other professionals, can learn and improve their practice over time. As TNTP reports, school districts may well be wasting billions of dollars on ineffective professional development, but the need for well designed, differentiated teacher support has never been greater.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 28, 2015
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18214, Date Accessed: 9/25/2021 7:57:21 PM

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