One way to approach teacher training that has met with some success is schools developing teachers as achievement coaches for their peers.
In New Jersey, two Ocean County school districts are participating in a program to help teachers gain a more thorough understanding of key education initiatives in the state.
Invitations to special planning sessions are being extended to 16 districts across the state for teachers to become “Achievement Coaches” who will then assist in delivering the training in their districts and across the state. The program has been funded by a $1.25 million professional development grant that will pay for stipends for coaches and professional development sessions.
Three additional districts will be added in the future. Most training will occur in the summer, but the State Department of Education will begin working with districts within the month.