Teachers Know Best: Teachers’ Views on Professional Development
Professional development, a term that broadly encompasses professional learning for teachers, is the topic of this study, conducted by the Boston Consulting Group on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The purpose of this study on professional development for teachers is to help identify needs and opportunities for improvement. Over 1,300 participants – teachers, professional development leaders in district and state education agencies, principals, professional development providers, and thought leaders – participated in a combination of interviews and surveys. Subsequent research included a survey of 1,600 additional teachers. The study also includes analysis of existing reports and market data to identify aspects of the professional development market. The study’s key findings show that current professional development does not meet teachers’ expectations. The report concludes with a discussion on how to execute a common vision for good professional development.