Teachers often feel stranded on islands within their school buildings, left alone to reconcile the increasingly complex challenges of modern students and rapidly changing ideas about best teaching practices. The sense of isolation and lack of support frequently lead to low morale and an epidemic of teachers leaving the profession.
In fact, data from the Economic Policy Institute shows that more than 50% of teachers don’t feel sufficiently supported, and nearly 25% of those teachers consider leaving teaching as a result.
According to a study by educational leaders Desiree Carver-Thomas and Linda Darling-Hammond, the resulting teacher turnover has a ripple effect throughout districts. The results are:
- more inexperienced teachers in the classroom
- bigger class sizes
- higher labor and related costs for local educational agencies
- reduced educational achievement among students, especially in high-poverty schools
Luckily, a growing body of research and experience indicates that the morale crisis can be addressed by approaching the growth and development of educators the same way we approach students’ instruction: through differentiation and individualization.
Effective customization of professional development begins with a deep understanding of student data and the broader goals of the school and district. Schools should be able to not only access data but understand how to use it to reach goals.
Over the next few months, tune in to our spring series: “The Power of Customizable Professional Development.” Don’t miss any of the great stories, tips, and resources to come!
Here’s what you can look forward to in our series:
- One school starts out slow but builds on professional development sessions
- 5 factors to consider when choosing a customized PD solution
- Guest blogger Sabrina Jones: What’s Different About Customized PD
- Guest Blogger Christine Fletcher: How Virtual Learning Coaches Support Powerful Growth
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