Professional Development for Teachers


Professional Development for Teachers

The School of Education is committed to excellence in professional development for teachers. Three subject matter projects (writing, math and science) and the Academic Language Development Network are housed in the School’s REEd center. In addition, several faculty in the School have expertise in professional development for teachers. Find more information about their research in this area here.

News Michael S. Hill

PhD Students Lead Professional Development for Teachers in China
Fall 2014 Student News

In November 2014, School of Education PhD students and seasoned educators Leslie Banes and Michael Hill led a two-week professional development seminar in China for fourth through ninth grade teachers of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Professional Development Event

PacTIN Digital Storytelling

Watch short videos from teachers who participated in the Pacific Teacher Innovation Network (PacTIN). The teachers recount what they learned and how their students benefitted. 


Globe Education Academy for Teachers

The Globe Education Academy for Teachers is a professional development residency for for drama and English teachers of grades 7–12 and community colleges in the Sacramento region. The academy is a partnership of the School of Education, the Mondavi Center at UC Davis, and Shakespeare’s Globe in London. There is an annual application process for the residency, which lasts from spring to fall.

Professional Development Event

Academic Language Development Network

The UC Davis School of Education is a partner in the Academic Language Network (ALD Network), a collaborative project focused on the academic success of all students who need to improve their abilities to use language in school.

The Network focuses on research-based teaching and assessment practices for developing the complex academic language, literacy, and thinking skills that support the learning of the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, ELD, and other new standards. One of the main purposes of this network is to share ongoing research and effective professional development resources for building system-wide capacity to meet the instructional needs of academic English learners. 

We currently collaborate on professional development and research efforts in multiple school districts and counties. Part of the academic language work originated with REEd Executive Director Susan O’Hara (Principal Investigator) and Jeff Zwiers (Senior Researcher), when they worked in the Stanford’s Center to Support Excellence in Teaching. This work is supported by a National Professional Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Partners include universities, state departments of education, research centers, county offices of education, school districts, schools, coaches, and teachers. If you would like to join the Network or receive our newsletter, feel free to contact us. Play the introduction video for more information and/or download the ALD Network Research Brief.


Examining a Large-Scale Professional Development Program’s Impact on Reading Achievement
February 2013

Kevin Gee, assistant professor in the UC Davis School of Education, recently helped complete a large-scale study of the impact of a professional development program on reading achievement in Hawaii for the Institute for Educational Sciences.

Professional Development Event

Pacific Coast Teacher Innovation Network (PacTIN)

Beginning in 2009, the California Postsecondary Education Commission (now housed at the State Department of Education) provided funding to the School of Education to offer small teacher teams with small grants to design their own professional development.

Eventually, the Pacific Coast Teacher Innovation Network (PacTIN) supported 48 teams of three to five teachers along California’s Pacific Coast (representing 20 counties between Del Norte and Ventura Counties) over a two- to three-year period as they developed and implemented creative and innovative approaches to engaging and motivating students.

Recognizing that many outstanding teachers in California’s schools have creative and innovative ideas for enriching teaching and learning in their classrooms and schools, the goal of PacTIN was to provide classroom teachers with “seed monies” for making their ideas a reality. The program encouraged an entrepreneurial spirit by granting the teachers their own resources (up to $30,000 per team) and held them responsible for planning their own professional development and for translating new knowledge and skills into classroom practice and student learning in the classroom.

A team of educational partners, including the UC Davis School of Education CRESS Center, Humboldt Science and Mathematics Center, the School of Education at Humboldt State University, and Parajo Valley Unified School District, provide project leadership. 

Log in