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TitleII Part A

Professional Development

Districts can use their Title IIA funds to provide professional development for teachers and principals. Activities can be focused around increasing content knowledge or effective instructional practices. Funds can also be used for innovative professional development programs such as those that focus on technology literacy, ones designed to improve the quality of principals and superintendents, or those which support teacher advancement initiatives that emphasize multiple career paths.

Effective professional development leads to changes in instructional practice, which then may lead to changes in student achievement. Some common factors of effective professional development include

  • A focus on subject-matter content and the pedagogy of how students learn that content.
  • Job-embedded learning opportunities, such as working with other teachers.
  • Groups of teachers from the same grade, subject, or school who develop a learning community.
  • A consistency with other professional development and teacher knowledge.
  • At least 20 – 40 hours of time to engage with the topic or focus.
  • Data on quality of implementation of development activities, gains in teacher knowledge, changes in classroom practices are collected.

Research Summary for Professional Development | Full Research Brief on Title IIA Strategies


   Updated 12/8/2017

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