Educational Research and Development (ER& D) / Instructional and Professional Development (IPD)


Christina Phillips - chair

Board Liaisons: Gilda Morgan-Williams, Debra Mobley

Staff Liaisons:  Dr. Kathi Gundlach, Theo Harris

Meeting Dates:  Third Thursday of every month at 5 p.m.

Agendas:  TBA

If you would like to join this committee,
please email the chairperson above for more information
OR show up to the next meeting at CTA.


  • ER&D is a union-sponsored, research-based professional development program.
    It is designed to help local unions build the capacity to deliver high-quality
    professional development services.


  • The program was created in 1981 to encourage classroom educators
    to improve their practice and their students’ performance 
    by becoming users of research.


  • The American Educational Research Association awarded ER&D its highest honor,
    as an exemplary program that "bridges the gap between research and practice."  


  •  ER &D offers 12 strands that are available to all union constituents - teachers,
    paraprofessionals, and school-related personnel - in more than 200 locals
    across the country. Our union currently offers 7 of these 12 to union
    and future union members.


  • The ER&D Program meets the criteria for "high quality professional development"
    as defined in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and President Obama's
    Race to the Top program.


  • ER&D delivers scientifically based research in a focused, sustained framework
    that promotes the application of research-validated concepts and strategies.