Do We Know How to Help Teachers Improve?
Why We’re Wasting Billions on Teacher DevelopmentClarifying the findings, the TNTP report states:
To be clear, an outsized investment in teacher support is not necessarily unwise or unmerited; after all, if teacher improvement were achieved at scale, it would have an enormous effect on students. The problem is our indifference to its impact—that all this help doesn’t appear to be helping all that much.In fact, the study finds some instances where professional development seems to have an effect on teachers but in this case, the amount spent for these programs is even higher, $33,000 per teacher per year. The study cannot decipher specific programs that work, but still manages to draw several recommendations. There is one recommendation provided, in my opinion, that appears quite promising:
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The Mirage: Confronting the Hard Truth
About Our Quest for Teacher Development
In any case, the study should help us realize that helping teachers become more effective is a huge undertaking that requires a sizeable investment. This therefore indicates how truly expensive it is to modify a curriculum. A complete overhaul of basic education obviously comes with a huge cost and not acknowledging how much it really takes to do so simply ensures failure.