Appendix D: Definition of High Quality Professional Development
Section 9101, Part 34 of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)provides the following definition and guidelines for high qualityprofessional development activities for teachers.
(34) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT- The term professional development
(A) includes activities that:
(i) improve and increase teachers' knowledge of theacademic subjects the teachers teach, and enable teachers  tobecome highly qualified;
(ii) are an integral part of broad school-wide and district-wide educational improvement plans;
(iii) give teachers, principals, and administrators the knowledge andskills to provide students with the opportunity   to meetchallenging State academic content standards and student academicachievement standards;
(iv) improve classroom management skills;
(v)    (I) are high quality, sustained, intensive, andclassroom-focused in order to have a positive and lasting impact onclassroom instruction and the teacher's performance in the classroom;and
(II) are not 1-day or short-term workshops or conferences;
(vi) support the recruiting, hiring, and training of highly qualifiedteachers, including teachers who became highly qualified through Stateand local alternative routes to certification;
(vii) advance teacher understanding of effective instructional strategies that are —
(I) based on scientifically based research (except that this subclauseshall not apply to activities carried out under part D of title II); and
(II) strategies for improving student academic achievement orsubstantially increasing the knowledge and teaching skills of teachers;and
(viii) are aligned with and directly related to —
(I) State academic content standards, student academic achievement standards, and assessments; and
(II) the curricula and programs tied to the standards described insubclause (I) except that this subclause shall not apply to activitiesdescribed in clauses (ii) and (iii) of section 2123(3)(B);
(ix) are developed with extensive participation of teachers,principals, parents, and administrators of schools to be served underthis Act;
(x) are designed to give teachers of limited English proficientchildren, and other teachers and instructional staff, the knowledge andskills to provide instruction and appropriate language and academicsupport services to those children, including the appropriate use ofcurricula and assessments;
(xi) to the extent appropriate, provide training for teachers andprincipals in the use of technology so that technology and technologyapplications are effectively used in the classroom to improve teachingand learning in the curricula and core academic subjects in which theteachers teach;
(xii) as a whole, are regularly evaluated for their impact on increasedteacher effectiveness and improved student academic achievement, withthe findings of the evaluations used to improve the quality ofprofessional development;
(xiii) provide instruction in methods of teaching children with special needs;
(xiv) include instruction in the use of data and assessments to inform and instruct classroom practice; and
(xv) include instruction in ways that teachers, principals, pupilservices personnel, and school administrators may work more effectivelywith parents; and
(B) may include activities that:
(i) involve the forming of partnerships withinstitutions of higher education to establish school-based teachertraining programs that provide prospective teachers and beginningteachers with an opportunity to work under the guidance of experiencedteachers and college faculty;
(ii) create programs to enable paraprofessionals (assisting teachersemployed by a local educational agency receiving assistance under partA of title I) to obtain the education necessary for thoseparaprofessionals to become certified and licensed teachers; and
(iii) provide follow-up training to teachers who have participated inactivities described in subparagraph (A) or another clause of thissubparagraph that are designed to ensure that the knowledge and skillslearned by the teachers are implemented in the classroom.


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