Teacher trainings are not working
While schools continue to invest in teacher trainings, these programs are not working for 3 major reasons.
So what works in teacher professional development?
- An emerging body of research suggests that coaching models of teacher PD provide a promising alternative organized around active-learning, job-embedded practice, and sustained focus.
- Outside observers, principals, and students all rated teachers who received coaching as more effective than those who participated in standard PD activities provided by their schools. Evidence also suggests that these effects persist in the following academic year after teachers are no longer receiving coaching.
- Finally, the effect of teacher coaching appears to be largely consistent across subjects, grade levels, and schools.
Kraft, M.A. & Blazar, D. (2017). Individualized coaching to improve teacher practice across grades and subjects: New experimental evidence. Educational Policy, 31(7), 1033-1068.
Cilliers, D. & Taylor, S. (2017) Monitoring Teachers and Changing Teaching Practice: Evidence from a Field Experiment.
Our teacher coaching model that is uniquely scalable
Our coaching process is one where instructional experts work with teachers to discuss classroom practice in a way that is: