The impacts of professional development program on school improvement: a study among school teachers at a private school in Abu Dhabi

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
This study examines the effectiveness of conducting continuous professional development (CPD) programs for school teachers on students' achievement, encompassing attainment, progress, and study skills. CPD has gained considerable attention in the education sector as a means to enhance teachers' knowledge, skills, and instructional practices. The study employs a mixed-methods approach, incorporating qualitative interviews and quantitative data analysis. The findings demonstrate that CPD initiatives positively impact teachers' pedagogical knowledge, instructional strategies, and overall professional growth. Additionally, the study reveals a significant correlation between teachers' participation in CPD and students' academic achievement, including improved attainment levels, enhanced progress, and strengthened study skills. These results highlight the importance of investing in continuous professional development for teachers, as it directly influences student outcomes and contributes to the overall quality of education.
professional development, school improvement, school teachers, United Arab Emirates (UAE), school teachers