The State of Teacher Professional Learning

A survey of more than 6,300 teachers from across the United States finds that teachers are rarely involved in decisions regarding their professional learning, though they do believe that school leaders are committed to professional learning. Among of the findings of the survey, conducted by Corwin, a publisher of professional development materials; Learning Forward, a professional-learning membership organization; and the National Education Association: 

  • 75% of respondents identify principals and district leaders as the primary decision-makers regarding professional learning (4% name teachers as the primary decision-makers);
  • Nearly 20% indicate that they have no input at all into professional learning decisions;
  • Nearly 25% report spending fewer than 1 hour each week on professional learning.