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A Note From Deb Levitzky: NAATE Embedded Professional Development
May 14, 2017

The sessions highlight what is missing in most schools, ours included, grounding our practice in research. Too often in PD and staff development we focus on more logistical and generic things. I love that the NAATE Embedded PD  makes current research accessible to people in an easy way so that they digest it and talk about it in their school context.

--Principal, Meeting Street Academy


In April, NAATE launched a pilot of newly designed NAATE Embedded Professional Development. NAATE has designed professional development sessions to be used at the school level in response to Teacher Fellows and School Leaders’ desire to find ways to bring back their learning at NAATE to colleagues in their schools.


NAATE has developed sets of modules (comprised of 4 to 6 one-hour sessions) that align to the NAATE curriculum. These professional learning experiences are peer-led, job-embedded, research-based and inductive learning experiences that allow for discourse-based exploration of practice within a school context. In keeping with NAATE’s approach to adult learning, each session is structured to expose teachers to research, engage them in reflection, and provide a space for them to identify areas of practice to improve. 


The first pilot for these modules was held at Meeting Street Academy in Charleston, where principal Dirk Bedford reflected on his whole-school pilot implementation of a module focused on key topics in Socio-Emotional Learning. “The sessions are the right length for us and are easy lifts for our NAATE Fellows who lead the sessions” and allowed for the school to explore critical issues that can be difficult to raise. The NAATE Embedded PD created a safe way for the faculty to reflect on their own practice and identify action steps, examining how teachers can cultivate trusting relationships with students for the purposes of feedback and student support.


*Schools interested in participating in a 2017 – 2018 pilot of a NAATE Embedded Professional Development module should contact Deborah Levitzky at


-- Deb Levitzky

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