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The dynamic duo of professional learning = collaboration and technology

American teachers have little say when it comes to their professional development, but three related trends cause Barnett Berry to be optimistic about the profession's future. 

Abstract: Teachers’ learning is being tamped down by evaluators of their practice, administrators, and coaches who have never taught the new student standards. Most American teachers have little say when it comes to their professional development. Berry nonetheless remains optimistic about the future of the teaching profession—largely on account of three related trends: The proliferation of empirical evidence of how teachers learn; increased visibility of teacher learning in top-performing nations; and the emergence of teacher networking.

Original Source

Phi Delta Kappan, 97(4), 51-55

http://pdk.sagepub.com/content/97/4/51.full.pdf+html