What qualities define effective teachers, professional development?

02/21/2014 | Brookings Institution (Washington, D.C.)

There is agreement that schools should focus on developing quality teachers, but recent research shows some professional development programs may not be effective, according to Tom Loveless, senior fellow at the Brown Center on Education Policy and a former teacher. At issue, he writes, is a lack of consensus on how to define the qualities and attributes of effective teachers. "We know that teachers matter and that some teachers are better than others, but we don't know the specific attributes that make some teachers effective and others ineffective," he writes.

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