Educators: Regular teacher development should be a national priority

07/18/2010 | Seattle Times, The

Professional development for teachers has long been undervalued by schools and is being further damaged by budget cuts, write University of Washington education professor and dean Patricia Wasley, and Stephanie Hirsh, who is executive director of the National Staff Development Council. Hirsh and Wasley call on policymakers to make teacher training "a national priority," citing successful examples where professional learning is incorporated into the school day and student-performance data is used to identify key areas for improvement.

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