Why Is Teacher Development Important?
Because Students Deserve the Best
Teacher-preparation programs provide educators-to-be with the tools, mentors, and hands-on experience they'll need once they begin their career. Great teachers help create great students. In fact, research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement, so it is critical to pay close attention to how we train and support both new and experienced educators.
The best teacher-preparation programs emphasize subject-matter mastery and provide many opportunities for student teachers to spend time in real classrooms under the supervision of an experienced mentor. Just as professionals in medicine, architecture, and law have opportunities to learn through examining case studies, learning best practices, and participating in internships, exemplary teacher-preparation programs allow teacher candidates the time to apply their learning of theory in the context ofteaching in a real classroom.
Many colleges and universities are revamping their education schools to include an emphasis on content knowledge, increased use of educational technologies, creation of professional-development schools, and innovative training programs aimed at career switchers and students who prefer to earn a degree online.
Support for beginning teachers is often uneven and inadequate. Even if well prepared, new teachers often are assigned to the most challenging schools and classes with little supervision and support. Nearly half of all teachers leave the profession in their first five years, so more attention must be paid to providing them with early and adequate support, especially if they are assigned to demanding school environments.
Mentoring and coaching from veteran colleagues is critical to the successful development of a new teacher. Great induction programs create opportunities for novice teachers to learn from best practices and analyze and reflect on their teaching.
Ongoing Professional Development
It is critical for veteran teachers to have ongoing and regular opportunities to learn from each other. Ongoing professional development keeps teachers up-to-date on new research on how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources, and more. The best professional development is ongoing, experiential, collaborative, and connected to and derived from working with students and understanding their culture.
provide educators-to-be with the tools, mentors, and hands-on experience:给即将成为教育者的人提供工具、导师和实践经验
In fact ： 实际上
an inspiring and informed teacher：一个启发性的、知识渊博的老师
pay close attention to ：密切关注
provide many opportunities for xxx：为xxx提供更多机会
under the supervision of xxx ：在xxx的监管之下
professionals in medicine, architecture, and law：
learn through examining case studies, learning best practices：
participating in internships： 参加实习
in the context of ： 在xxx的背景下面
educational technologies： 教育科技
innovative training programs ：创新的培训项目
providing them with early and adequate support: 给他们提供早的、足够的培训
Mentoring and coaching from veteran colleagues ：来自老员工的指导和培训
create opportunities for xxx：为xxx提供机会
learn from best practices and analyze and reflect on their teaching：
ongoing and regular opportunities ：不间断的、常规的机会
Ongoing professional development keeps teachers up-to-date on new research on how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources, and more.
Should all school teachers be required to attend courses every 5 years to update their knowledge?