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New York State Professional Development Requirements

Professional development ... goes beyond the term “training” with its implications of learning skills, and encompasses a definition that includes formal and informal means of helping employees learn new skills but also develop new insights into pedagogy and their own practice, and explore new or advanced understandings of content and resources.


What the public wants from its teachers


92% Well-trained and knowledgeable about how to teach effectively

91% Thoroughly educated in subject area

90% Ability to establish good relationships with children and adolescents

90% Understanding how people learn

86% Ability to communicate with parents

83% Basic sensitivity to each child as an individual

79% At least one semester’s experience in a classroom as a student teacher

76% In-depth understanding of child and adolescent development

Source: The Essential Profession: A National Survey of Public Attitudes Toward Teaching, Educational Opportunity, and School Reform, David Haselkorn and Louis Harris, 1998. Recruiting New Teachers.

According to research, what school investment yields the greatest increase in student achievement?

a. Lowering class size
b. Increasing teacher salaries
c. Increasing teacher experience
d. Increasing teacher education

 

Influence of professional development on practices, according to teachers participating in programs:

 

Provided me with new information ..........................................................84.9% Agree

Caused me to change my teaching practices ...........................................64.7% Agree

Caused me to seek further information/training .......................................62.6% Agree

Changed my views on teaching ................................................................41.7% Agree

Generally wasted my time ........................................................................10.5% Agree


Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and
Staffing Survey: 1993-94, N=approximately 65,800 teachers who had participated in professional
development programs on various topics.

 

According to Public Agenda, 2000

97% of school teachers are regularly looking for an increase in professional development opportunities.

 


 

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