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PD Research

Use existing research to guide your professional development efforts and to support your chosen activities when seeking funding.

Model award video Model Award Winner Judy Hoch talks about what she did to ensure that research supported her approach to professional development.

    How to Conduct Your Own Research
    See these sites for information about how to find research-based strategies for improving teaching and learning.

      Clarifying Needs and Finding Research-based Strategies
      From USDOE's Implementing Schoolwide Programs - An Idea Book on Planning.

      ERIC Digest - ERIC as a Resource for the Teacher Researcher This digest outlines salient characteristics of teacher-led research and its benefits. This overview is followed by discussion of selected resources for teacher researchers, which are available through the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC).

      Professional Development: Learning From the Best
      A toolkit for schools and districts based on Model Professional Development Award Winners.

    Sources for the Latest Professional Development Research
    For current research on improving teaching and learning through effective professional development, see the following:

      National Staff Development Council Library In addition to providing information about the Council and its mission, there are selected articles online in the Library from the Journal of Staff Development, a well-respected journal devoted to issues surrounding teacher training and preparation.

      Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)
      CPRE unites researchers from five of the nation's leading universities to improve elementary and secondary education through research on policy, finance, school reform, and school governance. Search Publications for online copies of policy briefs and research reports.

      Middleweb: Exploring Middle School and Middle Grades Reform
      This site, is sponsored by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, has an emphasis on middle school reform. Good links to research articles about professional development are provided.

      Professional Development: Learning From the Best
      A toolkit for schools and districts based on Model Professional Development Award Winners.

      Overview of professional development in Pathways to School Improvement.


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