Job-embedded professional development (JEPD) refers to teacher learning that is grounded in day-to-day teaching practice and is designed to enhance teachers’ content-specific instructional practices with the intent of improving student learning (Darling-Hammond & McLaughlin, 1995; Hirsh, 2009). It is primarily school or classroom based and is integrated into the workday, consisting of teachers assessing and finding solutions for authentic and immediate problems of practice as part of a cycle of continuous improvement (Hawley & Valli, 1999; National Staff Development Council, 2010). JEPD is a shared, ongoing process that is locally rooted and makes a direct connection between learning and application in daily practice, thereby requiring active teacher involvement in cooperative, inquiry-based work (Hawley & Valli, 1999). High-quality JEPD also is aligned with state standards for student academic achievement and any related local educational agency and school improvement goals (Hirsh, 2009).'
They never tell you in teacher school, and it's rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate....
What Induction Coaches Do by Dawn Casey-Rowe, Social Studies Teacher and Learnist Evangelist New teachers face many challenges. They are entering the field at one of the most demanding times ever, and turnover is high....
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
"The coaches observe and offer suggestions, help teachers design and achieve goals, and give new teachers a sounding board when sticky situations arise. Often new teachers feel insecure asking questions of evaluators, fearing they may not be doing well enough, and that their job could be at risk."
This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Making Collaboration Work. Teamwork and collaboration are critical to mission achievement in any organization that has to respond quickly to changing circumstances.
Are you too cautious? The fear barometer on our collective psyche has dialled up in recent weeks. David Hain's insight: Some very good point here - I particularly like the idea of the cost of doing nothing, which is often high and painful.
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