“Teachers who choose most or all of their own professional development opportunities are more than twice as satisfied with professional development as teachers with fewer options.”

In 2014, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contracted with the Boston Consulting Group to conduct a research study on professional development for teachers to help identify needs and opportunities for improvement. In a recent article posted on the Foundation’s website, the Gates Foundation confirmed what we at the LIGHT Awards already knew to be true – “teachers aren’t just open to professional development – they crave it”. The study also reinforces the importance of teachers’ ability to self-identify their own professional development needs and choose most or all of their own professional development opportunities.

We encourage you to read the entire article here.

Important Dates

Spring
2017
2017 Awardees Announced
May 1
2017
Cohorts 1, 2, and 3 Reunion Event
August 3‑4
2017
2017 Awardee Convening
Fall
2017
Application Process opens for
2018 Grant Cycle

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