"High standards for professional development will be set to ensure that federal funds promote research-based, effective practice in the classroom."
No Child Left Behind, 2002
Professional development for educators is a $5 billion market, wide-open in terms of need, potential growth and providers.
By 2006, every school district will be dealing with developing a professional development program. In fact, districts receiving Title I funds must use at least 5% of those funds for professional development to help teachers become highly qualified.
How can publishers and software developers take advantage of the enormous opportunities to develop programs and materials for teachers in the K-12 space?
K-12 Professional Development Market Opportunities - a new Simba Business Brief - explores the state of the market, offering guidance and insight into the unique challenges of teaching teachers, including:
- A profile of Atomic Learning Services, an innovative online company that provides short videos on dozens of software applications used in K-12 teaching environments -- and that may be developing a niche with Web-based professional development tutorials
- Three detailed case studies of professional development programs implemented at the state/district level, including a look at the state of Georgia's big plans for professional development -- despite static funding levels
- An examination of how professional development for teachers differs from other adult learning -- particularly when it comes to e-learning
- And more
- The Professional Development Landscape
- National Standards Define Learning Path for Educators
- NCLB Fuels Market
- Professional Development Market Was About $5B in 2005
- Federal Government is Largest Source of PD Funding
- Funding Policies Vary From State to State
- Who's the Target Market?
- Ga., Calif., Ariz., Spend Less Than 1% of Budgets on PD
- State Policy-Making Initiatives
- Preferred Format for PD is Up Close and Personal
- Publishers Market a Variety of PD Programs and Tools
- Expanding Product Lines
- Who's Who in PreK-12 Professional Development
- Atomic Learning
- Benchmark Education
- Classroom Connect
- Educational Testing Service
- Houghton Mifflin
- McGraw-Hill Professional Development
- North Central Regional Education Laboratory
- Pearson Achievement Solutions
- TC Innovations
- Table 1: NSDC Standards for Staff Development, 2001
- Table 2: Highly Qualified Teacher Provisions of NCLB
- Table 3: NCLB Programs as Major PD Funding Sources
- Table 4: Professional Development Funding Changes by Source, 2004
- Table 5: Professional Development Priorities by Group
- Table 6: Professional Development Priorities by Training Area
- Table 7: Georgia Professional Development Funding Sources, 2004
- Table 8: State Policy-Making Initiatives Related to Professional Development, 2005
- Table 9: Professional Development Training Delivery Method