January 22, 2014 15:10 Age: 4 yrs

The Power of Professional Development: Five Resources to Drive Self-Improvement

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At Achievement First, we firmly believe that one of the most important determinants of student achievement is the quality of the teacher in the classroom. Likewise, the quality of school leaders is the most important driver of teacher success. We go to great lengths to provide outstanding professional development: from providing an additional two hours each week of staff meeting and learning time, to ensuring each teacher meets weekly with his or her coach, to providing access to self-improvement strategies like those below.



  • This Achievement First resource provides teachers with a framework to help students reflect upon and improve their behavior and academic performance.
  • This Edutopia post provides a collection of self-reflection strategies teachers can use to improve their teaching in the upcoming school year.
  • In this Relay Graduate School of Education video, Dean Mayme Hostetter introduces teacher Frank Corcoran, who demonstrates the importance of hooking a lesson as he employs martial arts to set his students up for success in trigonometry.
  • Do you want to see a unique compilation of core beliefs central to Achievement First's instruction? Take a look at this outline of our essentials of effective instruction.
  • In this video, Achievement First stage four distinguished teacher Sue Harmon explains how to pick and choose which things to focus on in order to prioritize work that will give your students the most academic momentum.
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