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1 Systems of Large-Scale Professional Development Sean Smith Horizon Research, Inc.

2 Features of High-Quality PD Focuses on content knowledge Emphasizes active learning Promotes coherence Provides a large amount of training sustained over time Encourages collaboration among teachers (Garet, M. S., Porter, A. C., Desimone, L., Birman, B. F., & Yoon, K. S. (2001). What makes professional development effective? Results from a national sample of teachers. American educational research journal, 38(4), 915–945.)

3 Question About what percentage of elementary teachers have participated in science-focused PD in the last three years? a. 30 percent b. 40 percent c. 50 percent d. 60 percent

4 Teachers Participating in Science-Focused PD in Last 3 Years

5 Science Teachers’ Time Spent on Science- Focused PD in Last 3 years, by Grade Range

6 Science Teacher PD in Last 3 Years

7 For More Information on the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education

8 Going to Scale with High-Quality Professional Development Recommendations from the Field

9 9 Key Components of Strategic Leadership Work 1.Designing and implementing PD programs 2.Garnering support from key stakeholders 3.Aligning policies 4.Scaling up PD programs

10 Advice from the Field Expect that there will not be as many teacher leaders as you need. Expect teacher reluctance to take on these roles. Expect burn-out, mobility, and attrition. Have a deliberate process for developing new leaders. 10

11 11 Advice from the Field Devote time specifically to leadership development. Acknowledge the tension between the urge to scale up as quickly as possible and the amount of time it takes to prepare professional development providers. Build a system of quality control.

12 For More Information for-enhancing-strategic-leadership-in-the-math- and-science-partnerships/


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