Teachers are being caught in the middle


A recent report by the National Staff Development Council points to limited investment by school systems in any type of professional development. About 38 percent of the members polled said their districts set aside only three days a year for professional training. Seventy percent said less than 5 percent of their school system's annual budget is devoted to professional development.

"The people who set the priorities for our schools seem to think of students as the only individuals whose job it is to learn," said Dennis Sparks, the NSDC's executive director. "That attitude could sabotage the ability of public schools to improve student achievement."

A summary of the report is available online at www.nsdc.org.

SOURCE: Education Week, 21 March 2001 (p. 11)
WEBSITE: http://www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=27tand1.h20


Jim Abrams
Director of Mathematics Education
Vermont Institute for Science, Math and Technology
7 West Street
Montpelier, Vt   05602
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