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Building Effective Professional Development in Elementary School

Designing a Path for Excellent Teaching, 1st Edition

By Judy Johnson


136 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Learn the principles of comprehensive professional development and motivate elementary school teachers to be more effective in the classroom! In Building Effective Professional Development in Elementary School, Judy Johnsonpresents a career-long and comprehensive approach to professional development that gives teachers the support they need to improve instruction and raise the levels of student achievement. Her book not only explains how to create and lead a successful PD program; it also offers practical advice for establishing a school culture that will encourage teachers to collaborate and self-motivate in an effort to improve instruction. Other topics include:

    • Training to deepen content knowledge and expand the teaching repertoire;
    • Identifying high-performing educators and helping them build upon their strengths;
    • Using teaching demonstrations to enliven and diversify classroom practice;
    • Creating an effective mentorship program that brings out the best in faculty members, regardless of experience level;
    • Resolving problems with recruitment, dealing with disgruntled teachers, assessing teaching quality, and overcoming other obstacles preventing implementation of a comprehensive professional development program;
    • And more!

Table of Contents


Meet the Author

Author’s Note



1 Aspire to Achieve Excellence

2 Invest in the Best and Build upon Strength

3 Get a Vision

4 Go Deep into Content and Methodology

5 Practice with a Mentor-Coach

6 Collaborate with Colleagues and Make Teaching Public

7 Key Roles of School and District Leaders

8 Obstacles along the Way

9 Measuring Success

10 Looking toward the Future

About the Author

Judy Johnson is a consultant and former teacher. She served as executive director of the Cotsen Foundation for the Art of Teaching in Los Angeles, CA from 2001-2013. Prior to that role, she was vice president of the Los Angeles Education Partnership, where she directed all programs, including professional development of K-12 teachers.

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