With the emphasis on testing and accountability brought on by the Bush administration, squeezing staff development into the busy school schedule has become increasingly difficult. The author examines three programs that have achieved success despite this obstacle, and she finds they share the following characteristics:

1. Instruction that lasts. Instead of a single, hit-or-miss session now and then, training should be ongoing. Sustained instruction takes longer but is much more likely to produce results.

2. Follow-up support. Whether through online mentoring or site visits, teachers should get the


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