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• By Your Own Design
This project from the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse and the National Staff Development Council is designed to help teachers “create and implement an individual professional learning plan”.

• The Delivery, Financing, and Assessment of Professional Development in Education: Pre-Service Preparation and In-Service Training
This report provides an overview of how professional development is currently delivered & financed, and explores requirement and financing for optional and required professional development. Produced by The Finance Project.

• e-Lead: Leadership for Student Learning
“e-Lead is an interactive database of school leadership development programs and a library of resources. Our goal is to connect school systems to information that helps them design quality leadership development strategies for their principals.”

• Using Data about Classroom Practice and Student Work to Improve Professional Development for Educators
From the NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education, this issue brief offers a starting point for investigating the possibilities and challenges of using a variety of data to improve teachers’ knowledge and skills on the job

• Teacher Preparation and Professional Development: 2000
“Data from this survey, which was a follow up to a 1998 FRSS study, provide a national profile on teachers’ education, participation in formal professional development and collaboration, and feelings of preparedness for important classroom activities.” Published by the National Center for Education Statistics. Available as a pdf document.

• Tapped In
“The online workplace of an international community of education professionals. K-12 teachers and librarians, professional development staff, teacher education faculty and students, and researchers engage in professional development programs and informal collaborative activities with colleagues.”

• Professional Development: Staff Learning for Student Results
NCREL’s comprehensive Web source on school professional development. Includes “Professional Development: Learning From the Best”, a step-by-step guide schools and districts may use to design, implement, evaluate, and share professional development aimed to increase teacher effectiveness & student achievement.

• Notes & Reflections
“Notes & Reflections is a free electronic newsletter that offers practical information—ideas, strategies, tools, and resources—about topics of special interest to professional developers who are working to improve school performance. Notes & Reflections is published two or three times a year.”

• NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education
This site includes links to several online publications on teacher-led professional development and engaging public support.

• Pathways for School Improvement: Professional Development
A variety of Internet and other resources with ideas on professional development from one of the Department of Education’s Regional Education Laboratories.

• Education Topics
“Education topics are short multimedia lessons on topics that interest all levels of educators. Each lesson includes a definition, short articles on the topic, audio and video files of experts and practitioners, and a listing of resources that you can use to continue your professional development.”

• Heritage Online
Offers K-12 educators the opportunity to earn college credit while learning how to use the Internet to teach across all subject areas. Courses are offered via the Internet in teaching art, foreign language, math, science, social studies, writing & technology, and more.

• ERIC Digest – Professional Development for Teachers in Culturally Diverse Schools (1999)

• ERIC Digest – Peer Review of Teachers (1999)

• ERIC Digest – Reconceptualizing Professional Teacher Development (1995)

• ERIC Digest – Professional Teacher Development and the Reform Agenda (1995)

• ERIC Digest – Making Time for Teacher Professional Development (1996)


• Center for Teacher Formation
Embraces a unique approach to professional development that invites educators to reclaim their own wholeness and vocational clarity, and makes connections between the renewal of a teacher’s spirit and the revitalization of public education.
PMB 375
321 High School Rd. NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Tel: (206) 855-9140
Fax: (206) 855-9143
e-mail: info@teacherformation.org

• National Staff Development Council
The National Staff Development Council (NSDC), founded in 1969, is the largest non-profit professional association committed to ensuring success for all students through staff development and school improvement.
PO Box 240
Oxford, OH 45056
Phone: (513) 523-6029
Email: nsdcoffice@aol.com