Common Core State Standards & the Transformation of Professional Development: What Does High-Quality, Common Core-Aligned Professional Development Look Like?
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 #2) describes three examples of high-quality professional development that are being implemented across the country. The purpose in sharing these vignettes is to help generate useful ideas for other districts and states that are thinking about ways to implement effective professional development with teachers.