Learning from Mixed Results: What's Next for Teacher Professional Development?

Research from three studies found that intensive, content-focused professional development improved teachers’ knowledge and some aspects of their practice, but did not improve student achievement. The studies are summarized in our brief, Does Content-Focused Teacher Professional Development Work?

In this podcast, Kirk Walters sits down with AIR’s Mike Garet, who led the research, to get his reactions to the findings. Walters also engages in a lively discussion with additional experts to get their perspectives: Linda Curtis-Bey, Executive Director of STEM, New York City Public Schools; Karen Fuson, Professor Emerita, Northwestern University; and Daniel Weisburg, CEO of TNTP.

Special thanks to these experts and to the Institute of Education Sciences for funding the research in the brief.