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Advancing High-Quality Professional Learning through Collective Bargaining and State Policy

NEA is pleased to announce the publication of Advancing High-Quality Professional Learning through Collective Bargaining and State Policy (2010), a joint effort of the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the National Staff Development Council. 

The report contains recommendations and examples of collectively bargained language, legislation, regulations, and administrative guidelines in 12 policy areas that can guide association leaders and policymakers in developing collective bargaining agreements, memoranda of understanding, and state policies to strengthen and enhance the quality of professional development to improve teaching and learning.

The report summarizes the issues and challenges associated with bargaining meaningful professional development into collective bargaining agreements and other policy documents. The researchers examined the state policies and local bargaining language of six states and concluded:

  • Teachers strengthen their practice through continuous professional learning and collaboration.
  • Collective bargaining and state policy are important levers for promoting and sustaining high-quality professional development.
  • Examples of legislation and collective bargaining language included in the report can guide association leaders and policymakers in developing collective bargaining agreements, memoranda of understanding, and state legislation to strengthen and enhance the quality of teaching and learning. 

NEA believes that professional learning is a major lever for improving teaching quality and advocates for high-quality professional development as part of its efforts to assure a quality teacher and a great public school for every student. To that end, this project was initiated to promote collective bargaining and state policy as crucial vehicles for promoting high-quality professional learning for all educators.

Read the full report (PDF, 126pp). 


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