From the Mirage to Reality

The Future of Professional Learning

Over the past decade, numerous research reports have concluded that current teacher professional development and certification processes are outdated and ineffective.

In this webinar, Daniel Weisberg, CEO of TNTP (formerly known as The New Teacher Project), is interviewed by Joanne Weiss, former chief of staff to former U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to discuss the findings of TNTP’s national study, The Mirage, which challenges many widely held perceptions among education leaders about teacher development.

You’ll find out why and how leaders have oversimplified and underestimated the challenge of teacher improvement and learn about the details of these key findings:

  • School systems are making a massive and laudable investment in teacher improvement—far larger than most people realize.
  • Most teachers do not appear to improve substantially from year to year, even though many have not yet mastered critical skills.
  • No evidence was found that any particular kind or amount of professional development consistently helps teachers improve.
  • School systems are failing to help teachers understand how to improve—or even that they have room to improve at all.



Dan WeisbergDaniel Weisberg
TNTP (formerly The New Teacher Project)
Joanne WeissJoanne Weiss
Former Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan
Education Consultant
Weiss Associates, LLC




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