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Professional development in education refers to ongoing learning opportunities for teachers, administrators and other educators provided by schools and districts. Most teachers are required to participate in some amount of professional development/teacher training, the goal of which is more effective teaching and greater student achievement. For school administrators, the focus of professional development is usually leadership, management, and compliance with policies and legislation that apply to their schools. Professional development may also refer to informal, independent initiatives to improve one's knowledge/understanding of research, issues, theories and practices.