Common Core State Standards & the Transformation of Professional Development: The New Essential Elements of Professional Learning
Education First has prepared a series of briefs called Common Core State Standards & the Transformation of Professional Development to help policymakers and educators understand the professional development teachers need that meets a high bar for quality and impact called for by the new standards. The goals of the series are to clearly define the specific supports and learning opportunities educators need, to illustrate how to deliver professional development opportunities at scale and at depth, and to translate conclusions of policy changes that state and local leaders should consider. The series begins with an Executive Summary. This brief (Brief no. 1) describes the essential elements of effective professional learning. It summarizes findings from research and interviews with leading educators about professional development innovations and “new, non-negotiable learning opportunities all teachers consistently need to help them succeed with the new demands of the Common Core” (p. 4).