Professional Development of Teachers

Opportunities to Personalize Teacher Learning:  Innovative Approaches to Bridge Evaluation and Professional Development for Continuous Improvement

by Laura Kassner, Ed.D., Educational Consultant (December 2014).

The following seven innovative approaches to personalize teacher learning are explored as possible mechanisms to bridge evaluation and professional development:  individual or peer portfolios; National Board Certification; computer-mediated content management; peer evaluation and coaching; computer-mediated coaching; unconferences; and virtual learning communities (VLCs).  Relevant research students on these approaches are summarized, strengths and weaknesses are presented, and recommendations for consideration are discussed.

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