Teacher Response to Professional Development Program Improves Instruction

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Recent research reveals a connection between teacher professional development, instructional improvement and educational quality. Teachers and other school personnel can find information on professional development, such as advanced degree courses and certification, at Online-Education.net.

A recent study by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) reports that standards-based professional development directly affects instruction practices. OnlineEducation.net, a one-stop source for students and prospective students exploring e-learning, provides educators information on professional career development on the "Online Career Training & Professional Development" section of the site (http://www.online-education.net/career-training/).

The CPRE study shows how intensive, standards-based professional development impacts teachers. After training, teachers favored instructional reform and were likely to modify their teaching. CPRE has also reported that teachers who received intensive curriculum-based professional development, instead of general professional development, were much more likely to change their teaching practices.

OnlineEducation.net provides resources for education professionals seeking information on professional career development through distance learning or online degrees. Specializing in distance learning online, the site has launched "The Online Career Training & Professional Development" section (http://www.online-education.net/career-training/). This section provides links to online schools and distance degrees with programs like the following:

  •     Education Master's Degree
  •     Teacher Certification and Licensure
  •     Teacher Assistant Courses

The connection between professional development and educational improvement has been nationally recognized. In 1995, the National Science Foundation initiated the Local Systemic Change through Teacher Enhancement program to improve science, mathematics and technology instruction. By 2005, the program had made its way into more than 70,000 elementary and secondary schools, with 2 million students in 4,000 schools served.

Online-Education.net is a one-stop source for students and prospective students. In addition to interactive career coaching, the site offers information on courses, online degree programs and computer training.

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