The American School Board Journal, July 1999, p. 16

All the computers in the world won't make a difference if your teachers aren't trained to use them effectively. Here are eight core components that your professional development program should address:

1. Stakeholder involvement and a shared vision. When planning and implementing a professional development program, input should come from everyone that has a stake in your schools, including teachers, administrators, board members, and parents.

2. Set attainable goals that fit your district. Professional development programs do not come in one-size-fits-all packages. Tailor your program based on the...

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