3rd Edition

Professional Development
What Works

ISBN 9781138230156
Published March 18, 2019 by Routledge
236 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

USD $34.95

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Book Description

This comprehensive and authoritative book serves as the road map to your school’s professional development journey. Written for principals, professional development directors, other district leaders, and teacher leaders, Professional Development: What Works shows you how to plan and implement programs that promote teacher growth. Full of helpful case studies, useful resources, and templates, this book guides you in creating an effective, job-embedded professional development program that moves ideas to action.

Special Features in this Revised Edition:

  • Revised discussion on supporting and providing learning opportunities for adults
  • New "Cases from the Field" and "Notes from the Field" amplify best practices and serve to narrow the gap between research and practice

  • Updated and expanded coverage of professional job-embedded learning helps leaders keep pace with advancements

  • Suggested readings support digging deeper into topical areas found within the chapters


Table of Contents


Meet the Author



Part 1: Foundations of Job-embedded Professional Learning

1: Championing Professional Learning

2: Professional and Job-embedded Learning

3: Adult Learning and Professional Growth

4: Framing Professional Learning Efforts

5: Assessing Professional Learning—Did Things Stick?

Part 2: Processes and Models that Support Job-embedded Professional Learning

6: Learning Communities

7: Coaching

8: Collaborative Teacher Development: Teacher Study Groups, Whole-Faculty Study Groups, and Book Studies

9: Critical Friends

10: Lesson Study

11: Action Research

12: Portfolios

13: Stepping Up to the Plate

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Sally J. Zepeda is Professor of Educational Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia, where she teaches courses in instructional supervision, professional development, teacher evaluation, and school improvement.


"Professional Development: What Works lays the foundation for job-embedded professional learning, then builds upon that foundation by presenting a variety of processes and models that administrators and teachers can use to actualize professional learning. Dr. Zepeda’s foundation is composed of interlocking components like school culture, teacher agency, adult learning, and collaboration. Her professional learning models include popular models like coaching and learning communities and less utilized but equally powerful models like lesson study and action research. All in all this book is a significant contribution by one of the most significant scholars in the field. "
—Stephen P. Gordon, Professor of Educational and Community Leadership, Texas State University


"Professional development is the oxygen of teacher growth. Educators need it to breathe, to do their heart and mind work, and to sustain themselves in our increasingly complex times. This groundbreaking book offers an updated treasure chest of cutting edge ideas, useful practices, and job-embedded strategies that serve as a roadmap for planning and implementing effective learning opportunities for teachers and the other adults in your care."
—Ellie Drago-Severson, Professor of Education Leadership and Adult Learning and Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University