Much research has been done on effective professional development. Professional development that is focused, ongoing, job-embedded, and relevant to teachers' everyday work with students is more likely to have a lasting impact on their practice. The Standards for Professional Learning
outline the characteristics of professional learning that lead to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results.
Effective professional development will be critical to successful implementation of the Common Core. Though there is no "one size fits all" approach to providing this professional development, as implementation moves forward resources to support these needs will be added to the toolkit.