The 50 largest school districts in America collectively spend $8 billion a year on professional development for teachers. What are they getting out of it? Bupkis.Not the most scientific extrapolation cost-wise, but the findings comport with my own experiences.
That’s according to a new study titled The Mirage by the nonprofit TNTP, formerly The New Teacher Project, which interviewed 10,000 teachers and 100 administrators in three large districts and one charter school network over two years. It got the $8 billion figure by extrapolating out from the $18,000 average spent per teacher in the districts it studied.
Here’s what they found:
“most teachers do not appear to improve substantially from year to year”
“no evidence that any particular kind or amount of professional development consistently helps teachers improve”
Friday, August 07, 2015
Teachers, have you ever had any professional development that was genuinely worth the time or money spent on it? Me, either: