Common Core State Standards & the Transformation of Professional Development: What Policymakers Can Do to Advance High-Quality Professional Development at Scale
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. 3) is the last in the series and specifically addresses state and district leaders who should work to create professional learning systems that are “replicable, affordable and effective” (p. 4). The authors give five recommendations to help state and districts achieve high-quality, Common-Core aligned professional learning.