From leading Australian researcher Ben Jensen, the new report Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Systems analyzes the way four high-performing systems provide professional learning to their teachers. Shanghai, British Columbia, Singapore, and Hong Kong all score near the top of all jurisdictions tested in mathematics, reading and science on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
While these systems are quite different, the key to all of them is that collaborative professional learning (teachers working with other teachers to improve curriculum, instruction, school climate, etc.) is built into the daily lives of teachers and school leaders. This is reinforced by policies and school organizations that:
This report is one of a series of reports from CIEB on teacher quality systems in top-performing countries. The series also includes Developing Shanghai’s Teachers and a forthcoming series of reports from Linda Darling-Hammond of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE).