Approaches to Job-Embedded Professional Development

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.

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

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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