Shares of teachers reporting that the following professional development activities were 'very useful,' in all schools and in low- and high-poverty schools

All Low-poverty High-poverty Gap (high- minus low-poverty)
Focus of professional development:
Reading instruction 26.8% 26.0% 28.4% 2.5 ppt.
Content of the subject(s) they teach 26.8% 27.3% 26.9% -0.4 ppt.
Use of computers for instruction 25.5% 24.8% 26.8% 2.0 ppt.
How to teach students with disabilities 22.5% 19.7% 24.1% 4.4 ppt.
Student discipline and management in the classroom 19.7% 20.2% 19.8% -0.4 ppt.
How to teach English language learners (ELLs) 19.5% 19.1% 20.9% 1.8 ppt.

Notes: Data are for teachers in public noncharter schools. The table shows shares of teachers who answered “very useful” on the survey instrument versus “useful,” “somewhat useful,” or “not useful” when asked, for specific professional development activities, “Overall, how useful were these activities to you?”

Source: 2011–2012 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) microdata from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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