Spotlight on Professional Development

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On Professional Development


The Education Week Spotlight on Professional Development is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Turning teachers into coaches to improve collaboration and achievement
  • Preparing educators for the challenges of the common-core standards
  • Training out-of-school staff in defined core competencies, similar to professional teaching
  • Building professional certifications for education technology
  • Tips from teachers on creating meaningful professional development experiences

You get the ten articles below and a resource guide in a downloadable PDF.

The Literacy Collaborative's coaching-based program offers lessons on reading instruction and professional development design.
February 29, 2012 - Teacher PD Sourcebook

Some districts have prepared their teachers on the new instructional approaches for the common core; others have done little.
April 23, 2012 - Education Week

With all but five states having adopted the Common Core State Standards in math and language arts, education leaders are expecting to see a surge of online professional development resources to help guide teachers through the transition.
February 29, 2012 - Teacher PD Sourcebook

Training of Out-of-School Staff Debated
The out-of-school field is trying to identify the training instructors need to be effective yet not just like classroom teachers.
April 3, 2012 - Education Week

A new initiative aims to set national education technology certifications for a number of professions.
January 24, 2012 - Education Week


Teachers as 'Lead Learners'
I like to tell my students that in our classroom, we're working to flatten the hierarchies that separate teacher from student.
May 17, 2012 - Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable

When I first began teaching, I had one measure for the quality of any professional development experience: Did I walk away with something I could implement the next day in my specific grade?
May 17, 2012 - Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable

Call me a PD connoisseur. A class on how to use a new online math program that assesses and offers remediation? I'm there.
May 15, 2012 - Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable

They say love for oneself is the best kind of love of all. And so it's with great pride that I share that my best professional development over the past seven years has been what I've done for myself personally.
May 16, 2012 - Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable

Differentiated. Relevant. Engaging. These are all words used to describe quality instruction. Yet how ironic is it that they so rarely describe the professional development of teachers.
May 15, 2012 - Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable

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