How can professional-development programs be improved?

The focus on professional development for teachers has increased, but there remains uncertainty over what effective professional development is and how it can translate into better results for students. This analysis shows that many professional-development programs lack standards and accountability. Some schools also might be selecting inappropriate training for their teachers. "We should start where students' weaknesses and shortcomings are and then seek strategies or techniques to help [teachers] understand those shortcomings," one education professor said.

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