Myth-busting research sheds light on what works

By Elizabeth Foster
April 2022
Professional learning leaders are sometimes faced with skepticism about the expected impact of an investment in professional learning. Long-held myths and outdated notions about sit-and-get professional learning can act as barriers to thorough planning, appropriate funding, and sustained implementation of professional learning efforts. Dispelling the Myths: What the Research Says About Teacher Professional Learning is a research brief that offers a direct, easy-to-read summary of evidence-based truths that practitioners can use to better understand the issues at hand and share with others as a way to advocate for effective professional learning. The brief was published by the Research Partnership for Professional Learning (RPPL), a coalition led by the Annenberg Institute at Brown University that focuses on building the evidence base about professional learning that leads

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Elizabeth Foster is the vice president of research and standards at Learning Forward. She leads the organization’s research efforts for partnerships, programs, and fundraising. Elizabeth co-wrote the Standards for Professional Learning (2022) with Tracy Crow and now facilitates learning sessions about the standards and develops resources that support their use and implementation.

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