A Study of the Characteristics of the Professional Development Sessions in One District

This study investigates the current characteristics of the professional development (PD) sessions provided to educators in one school district to determine if the district is implementing research-based characteristics of effective PDs. Seven PD sessions in the content areas of math, science, and English-language arts offered to educators by one district were studied. One survey was given to presenters of each PD session and one survey was given to attendees of each PD session. Each session was also observed, and data was recorded using a checklist. The results of this study show that the district is currently implementing the components of effective PD.