Should administrators focus on faculty professional development more than student learning targets?

The relationships among professional development (PD), effective teaching, and student outcomes are scrutinized through standards- or outcomes-oriented teacher improvement projects and the research studies that follow them. However, links between faculty PD and faculty effectiveness don’t exist apart from other factors, such as the role … Continue readingShould administrators focus on faculty professional development more than student learning targets?

What PD leaders and learners need to know about assessment reporting in high pressure accountability contexts

High-stakes accountability pressures can conflict with faculty implementation of best disciplinary and pedagogical practices (Meuwissen, 2017). In both public postsecondary and public K-12 education in the United States, the tension between, on the one hand, funding-  and policy-driven expectations at the state and institution levels … Continue readingWhat PD leaders and learners need to know about assessment reporting in high pressure accountability contexts

Research, realism, and relationship: Empowering PD partnership between Faculty and institutions

Parsing “PD” The shift to Common Core State Standards in 2010 not only changed teaching and learning by greatly increasing and standardizing emphasis on student knowledge construction and problem-solving, but was accompanied by an associated accountability movement that ties high-stakes testing of student outcomes to … Continue readingResearch, realism, and relationship: Empowering PD partnership between Faculty and institutions

Toward a theory and practice of coaching higher ed faculty

Why re-imagine faculty professional learning? Among the three 2017-2021 strategic priorities of Colorado- and Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit higher education association EDUCAUSE is “reimagined professional learning.” By replacing the term professional development with professional learning in its vocabulary, CEO John O’Brien (2018) indicates the extent to … Continue readingToward a theory and practice of coaching higher ed faculty