Moreover, U.S. teachers, unlike their Asian and Indian counterparts, bear much of the cost of their professional development and receive little professional development in their specific areas of instruction. American teachers spend more time teaching and significantly less time planning, developing high-quality curriculum and working with other teachers in assessing the efficacy of existing teaching strategies, the report shows.
“Improving teacher quality is among our top priorities along with raising standards,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said during the hour-long conference. “We need to get the best possible people into the classroom, and we need to support them while they learn and grow.” (Arne Duncan at a 2009 conference for the release of a report by the National Staff Development Council)
To read the report from NDSC, click here. (I-Nancy Devine-think this is the report mentioned.)