PreK-12 Professional Learning Market 2016

Published: October 10, 2016 - 62 Pages

Table of Contents

  • Methodology
  • Executive Summary
  • Market Size & Structure
    • Introduction
    • Defining What Professional Development/Learning Is
      • Table PreK-12 Spotlight: By the Numbers
    • The Customer for Professional Learning
      • Teachers and Administrators
        • Table Public School Instructional Staff by Function, Fall 2009-2013
      • Schools and Districts
      • The Role of the States
      • When the State Focus Targets a Particular Objective
      • Statewide PL Hubs and Other Learning Initiatives
      • eLearning for Educators Exemplifies Collaborative Approach
    • Size of the PreK-12 Professional Learning Market
      • Table Spending on PreK-12 Professional Development, 2014-2015 vs. 2015-2016
    • Funding Sources
      • Table Federal Funding Sources for PreK-12 Professional Development, FY2015 - FY 2017P
      • Foundations Lean in
        • Table Selected Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation Grants for Professional Learning
  • Trends: Changing Policies & Delivery Practices
    • Introduction
    • Common Core and New State Standards
    • Every Student Succeeds Act
    • State Policies
    • Teacher-Led Professional Learning
      • Personalization
        • Table Important Professional Learning Attributes, According to Teachers
      • Collaboration
      • Teacher Leadership
      • Coaching, Mentoring and Observations
      • Microcredentialing: Measuring Competency
    • Content and Practice Areas
      • Technology
        • Table How Teachers Learn to Understand Common Core Assessment Data for Math and ELA
      • Standards, Assessment and Data
      • Practice, Pedagogy and Content Areas
    • Delivery Trends in Professional Development
      • In-Person Delivery
      • Online Delivery
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Introduction
      • Table Provision of Professional Development, by Provider and Type of PD, 2014 (according to Local Education Agencies)
    • Higher Education Institutions
    • Non-Profits: Associations, Foundations, and Unions
    • Consultants
    • Content Providers
      • HMH Focus: Raising Student Achievement
      • Scholastic Focus: Literacy
      • Books and More at Corwin, Capstone, Cavendish and Curricki
      • The Critical Edge
    • Technology Platforms and Online Providers
      • Follett, Blackboard: Promoting Platforms & Broader Goals
    • States and Districts
  • Case Studies
    • Introduction
    • District of Columbia: Investing in Distributed Leadership
      • Moving on to LEAP
    • New Hampshire: Online PD for All
      • Internally Developed
    • Bettendorf (IA) High School: Teaching Tech through Gamification
      • Game On
      • Continued Use
    • Idaho: Fostering Statewide Interest in STEM
      • Pairing Teachers and Industry
      • STEM Action Center
    • Florida: Rethinking Professional Learning
    • Washoe Co.: PD + Teacher Evaluations + Student Learning Objectives
  • Conclusions & Outlook
    • Introduction
    • Flexibility Is Key
    • Barriers to Change
    • Funding Availability
    • Future Outlook
      • Table Projected Market for PreK-12 Professional Development, 2015-2016 to 2020-2021


PreK-12 Professional Learning Market 2016

In the PreK-12 Professional Learning Market 2016 report, Simba Information examines the professional development segment in PreK-12 education, now often referred to as professional learning, for teachers, administrators, and other educators. The focus is on factors influencing change in the K-12 education market, challenges facing the PreK-12 professional learning sector, and the forces driving demand, both currently and in the coming years.

PreK-12 Professional Learning Market 2016
was developed through reporting by Simba editors and is not based on a survey. Providers of professional development for the PreK-12 education market and educators at schools, districts and states were interviewed and best-practices research was reviewed. Based on the research that included federal, state and local funding and spending data, Simba constructed current estimates of the $5.3 billion market and per-teacher spend, and market growth projections through 2020-2021.

Top trends in the ongoing process that is professional learning include personalization, professional learning communities and other mechanisms for collaboration, teacher-leadership, coaching and mentorship, and microcredentialing or badging. The increasing use of technology in the classroom such as digitized educational resources is generating its own demand for professional learning/training.

PreK-12 Professional Learning Market 2016 includes:

  • How the K-12 education market is changing from a top-down process imposed on teachers to a more teacher-led, ongoing, job-embedded process;
  • Federal, state and local spending on professional learning;
  • Funding sources and individual teacher spend on PL;
  • How the shift from NCLB to ESSA is driving the change in how professional learning is viewed and should be implemented;
  • The role of online delivery;
  • How publishers and ed-tech providers fit into the PD/PL landscape;
  • The role of OER in professional learning;
  • Where the biggest competition is coming from for commercial providers of professional learning;
  • Case studies from NH, ID, FL, DC, Washoe County (NV) and a high school in Iowa;

Scope of the Report:

Simba Information's PreK-12  Professional Development Market 2016 report examines the transformation from professional development to professional learning that is affecting educators in PreK-12 education today. The discussion of market trends and estimates of the size of the market is based on Simba Information's ongoing research and from data collection and interviews with officials from state education departments, school districts, and schools.  

Interviews were also conducted with executives from key PreK-12 professional development vendors, both commercial and nonprofit, and advocacy groups. 

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