Analysis: Support for ongoing professional development is declining

08/26/2010 | Education Week

Teachers are participating in professional-development opportunities less often, according to an analysis of federal data released by the National Staff Development Council. The study found a decline in professional development lasting between nine to 16 hours, while training of up to eight hours increased. That may be a signal that the use of "one-shot workshops" has increased, according to the report. In addition, just 42% of teachers reported receiving professional development that focused on special education.

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