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What Does High-Quality, Common Core-Aligned Professional Development Look Like? Three Vignettes


"In this Brief, we spotlight how three of the new professional learning approaches that have impressed us the most have played out across the country. These vignettes demonstrate what's possible when state and district leaders -- and especially teachers -- exert leadership and intentionally plan for supporting the Common Core. We also hope they demonstrate what it looks like when the essential elements of professional development we describe in Brief #1 are put into practice.

Our vignettes include a partnership between the nonprofit Expeditionary Learning and the state and school districts in New York; Sacramento City's efforts to collaborate with other districts and provide comprehensive supports to its teachers; and the bottom-up efforts of teachers in Nevada's Washoe County to create their own learning communities. In each example, we see the components of replicable, scalable and effective professional development that should become a part of every school district in the country."

Related Briefs:
-- The New Essential Elements Of Professional Learning
-- What Policymakers Can Do To Advance High-Quality Professional Development At Scale