Professional Development Resources


Gail M. Sullivan, MD, M. P. H., & Richard Feinn, P. D. (2012).  Using Effect Size—or Why the P Value Is Not Enough. Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 4(3), 279–282. Abstract
McGrane, G. (2011).  Building Authentic Relationships With Youth At Risk. Professional Development Series.
Hirsh, S. (2009).  A New Definition. Journal of Staff Development, 30(4), 10-16.
Building Authentic Relationships with Youth At Risk. (2009).  Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.
Call Me MISTER. (2009).  Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.
Simonsen, B., Fairbanks, S., Briesch, A., Myers, D., & Sugai, G. (2008).  Evidence-based Practices in Classroom Management: Considerations for Research to Practice. Education and Treatment of Children, 31(3), 351-380.
The Role of the Principal in Dropout Prevention. (2008).  Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.
Hammond, C., Smink, J., & Drew, S. (2007).  Dropout risk factors and exemplary programs: A technical report. National Dropout Prevention Center.
Consider These Critical Questions to Strengthen Your School Improvement Plan. (2006).  Journal of Staff Development, 27(4), 59-60.
Smink, J., & Schargel, F. P. (Eds.). (2004).  Helping Students Graduate: A Strategic Approach To Dropout Prevention. Larchmont, NY : Eye On Education.
Sparks, D. (2002).  Designing powerful professional development for teachers and principals. Oxford, OH : National Staff Development Council.
Mizell, H. (2001).  How to Get There from Here. Journal of Staff Development, 22(3)
Garet, M., Porter, A. C., Desimone, L., Birman, B. F., & Yoon, K. S. (2001).  What makes professional development effective? Results from a national sample of teachers. American Educational Research Journal, 38(4), 915-945.
Peixotto, K., & Fager, J. (1998).  High-quality professional development: An essential component of successful schools. Portland, OR : Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NREL).

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downloadable presentations dealing with CSTA's purpose, projects, and partnerships, given at conferences across the country
an alliance of educators, researchers, national associations, and officers of professional organizations and foundations committed to promoting the academic performance and healthy development of young adolescents
the only national education association dedicated exclusively to the growth of middle level education
founded in 1969; the largest nonprofit professional association committed to ensuring success for all students through staff development and school improvement
criteria identified by the National Forum to describe high-performing schools that serve students in the middle grades