Students have a better chance of achieving the state's rigorous standards when they are taught by skilled teachers who are supported by a system that prizes instructional excellence. Every student in Washington deserves that opportunity.
Research supports professional development that:
Linda Darling-Hammond and Nikole Richardson
"Teacher Learning: What Matters?", Ed Leadership Feb 2009
CSTP supports the pursuit of teaching excellence by individuals such as those who seek certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and by colleagues working together to improve instruction using proven strategies such as Professional Learning Communities, Lesson Study, and Critical Friends Groups.