About Professional Development

Encouraging teaching and learning for a lifetime, the Graduate School of Education (GSE) offers a variety of professional development opportunities that enable educators to participate in training needed for career advancement and desired for personal growth.

Featuring the innovative and expert knowledge of the GSE’s nationally ranked leadership and programming, these non-credit programs take the form of full or multi-day conferences, on-site training, online workshops, and in-person classes. 

Through its centers and institutes, the GSE advances research and informs best practices in education. The impact of our work is significant, from better learning in our local communities to research-based educational policymaking on national and global levels.

View upcoming professional development workshops on our calendar of events.

Center for Effective School Practices

The Center for Effective School Practices (CESP) features innovative, research-based initiatives that have been field-tested to improve pre-K through 12+ classroom and school organizational practices and advance achievement for all students. CESP programs emphasize student attainment of state and national content standards as well as the preparation of lifelong learners who will be productive members of society.

Center for Literacy Development

The Center for Literacy Development is committed to improving literacy support systems and providing a professional learning network of literacy leaders and teachers. The center’s network membership services include professional development to improve teacher quality and school leadership, literacy coaching in schools, and direct services to children. The center is co-directed by Lesley Morrow, PhD and Lisa Mullin.

National Institute for Early Education Research

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) is dedicated to improving early childhood education and care for all children through research. The project is headed by Dr. W. Steven Barnett and counts many distinguished GSE faculty members as participants.

National Writing Project

The National Writing Project (NWP) is a professional development network that serves teachers of writing at all grade levels and subjects. Its mission is to improve student achievement by improving the teaching of writing and improving learning in the nation’s schools. The NWP at Rutgers collaborates with schools to develop multiyear partnerships and to design a sequence of support services meeting the individual needs of partner districts.

Physics Education Professional Development

Physics Union Mathematics curriculum modules for high school and middle school physics developed at Rutgers help students learn physics by practicing science. To sign up for the upcoming workshops in July, please contact Eugenia Etkina at Eugenia.etkina@gse.rutgers.edu or use the form available by clicking here.  

Robert B. Davis Institute for Learning

The Robert B. Davis Institute for Learning, created and inspired by the late mathematician, educator, and cognitive scientist Robert B. Davis, combines research and scholarship about learning and teaching with educational practice.

Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement

The mission of the Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement is to generate and to coordinate the efforts of Rutgers, PK–12 districts, and corporate and community partners in providing continuous improvement in the achievement of all students.

New Jersey Reading Recovery®

The New Jersey Reading Recovery Network is an association of Teacher Leaders and Site Coordinators working in Reading Recovery Training Sites throughout the state. The Network's primary goal is to help school districts plan for implementation of this early intervention through initial and on-going professional development for Reading Recovery teachers. In addition to being a New Jersey professional development provider, the Network is affiliated with both Rutgers, the State University Graduate School of Education, and New York University.