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  • How important is teacher professional development to improving teacher effectiveness?

    by Amanda Collins

    Teacher Effectiveness

    We can all recall a favourite teacher – the one who really influenced us positively, or who had a powerful impact on us as we progressed through the grade levels. But how can we define what made this teacher better than others? Is it possible to replicate the skills, attitudes or personal qualities of great teachers?

    As education systems around the world strive for continuous improvement, the impact of teachers on student success is widely agreed: students lucky enough to have high quality teachers are more likely to achieve academic success. The quality of teaching in the classroom, along with teacher leadership, is often identified as playing a critical role in the results of international benchmarking tests like PISA and TIMMS.

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