Puerto Rico MSP: Evolution of a Professional Development Program to Promote Effective Teaching
The Puerto Rico Math and Science Partnership define effective teaching in STEM as the practice that generates learning with understanding. We prepare and support teachers to teach effectively through our Authentic Professional Development Program (APDP) which integrates the best teaching practices to math and science content, while performing continuous assessment to promote reflection and metacognition. Our current emphasis is on empowering teachers to train their peers and support them as leaders in their schools. Our APDP includes collaborative evaluation as a strategy that enables teachers to design, implement and evaluate APDP activities for their peers. Our preliminary results suggest that teachers are improving in content knowledge and practices; thus becoming more effective in their roles in their classroom and schools.