Recommendation 1: When designing and selecting professional development, focus on the mechanisms.
Recommendation 2: Ensure that professional development effectively builds knowledge, motivates staff, develops teaching techniques, and embeds practice.
Recommendation 3: Implement professional development programs with care, taking into consideration the context and needs of the school.
This report is supported by E4L’s Putting Evidence to Work: A School’s Guide to Implementation which can be used as a guide as you plan to implement changes in your school relating to professional development.
Implementation can be described as a series of stages relating to thinking about, preparing for, delivering, and sustaining change. The Effective Professional Learning Guidance Report contains an Implementation Checklist to guide schools as they consider the selection and design of PD.
E4L thanks the Australian researchers and practitioners who provided input to and feedback on drafts of this Guidance Report.
We acknowledge the particular insights of Tom Cain (Monterey Secondary College), Jessica Gannaway (The University of Melbourne), and Laureate Professor Jenny Gore, Dr Leanne Fray and Dr Sally Patfield (University of Newcastle).
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