Job-embedded professional development takes many forms. One of its benefits is its flexibility: when professional development is deeply embedded, individual educators can access the resources they need. According to an article by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, job-embedded professional development takes one of three forms and is always centered on issues of actual practice.

  • It takes place within the classroom, in real time, with real students
  • It takes place in the classroom, nearly in real time, away from students
  • It takes place in the school, shortly before or after instruction, away from students

Effective examples of job-embedded professional development (JEPD) include:

  • Lesson study groups
  • Action research
  • Discussing real-life student dilemmas
  • Online instructional support provided by coaches
  • Groups that examine and critique student work

Each of these forms of JEPD can occur alone, but it’s usually more effective to take a collaborative approach to JEPD. Working with peers offers different solutions to common challenges. Such an approach also draws upon the strengths of everyone in the group. Group discussion, analysis, and decision-making are all effective forms of job-embedded professional development.

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