Meeting the Challenges of Scale: The Importance of Preparing Professional Development Leaders
by Hilda Borko, Karen Koellner & Jennifer Jacobs - March 04, 2011
In this commentary, we make a case for the importance of preparing and studying the leaders of teacher professional development. We then highlight three central PD practices of mathematics professional development: engaging teachers in productive mathematical work, leading discussions about student reasoning and instructional practices, and building a professional community. Within each practice we identify a number of specific activities and discuss the knowledge that PD leaders need to enact them. We conclude by arguing for the importance of additional research on the practices of effective PD leaders.
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