As teachers are faced with new instructional demands due to new standards and new technology initiatives, professional development plays a pivotal role in educators’ success.

While some districts have created engaging programs that support and nurture educators, others struggle to move away from one-size-fits-all programs.

When professional development is grounded in research and relies on examples of successful educator practice, everyone wins.

As school leaders seek to develop professional development programs and partners to bring those programs to fruition, Dr. Karen Beerer, vice president of learning and development for Discovery Education and a former teacher, principal, and supervisor of curriculum and professional development, offers a few considerations to keep in mind.

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Laura Ascione
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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Editorial Director, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura