Professional Development

The latest news about professional development including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

Sharpe Elementary School teacher Ikeysha Hall works on a lesson with her 4th graders. She is participating in the Tripod Professional Development Research Project, a study in the Memphis schools that is comparing two different methods of technology-related professional development.
—Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal

Study Aims to Evaluate Tech-Related Teacher PD

A research project in the Memphis, Tenn., schools is comparing two different professional-development approaches that incorporate technology. (February 26, 2013)

Spotlight on Professional Development

There are new standards for professional learning, an array of technology tools, and emerging techniques for in-school professional development

Spotlight on Professional Learning Communities

Educators who have used Professional Learning Communities offer tips on building teacher-to-teacher collaboration in this Spotlight.

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Learning Forward's PD Watch Blog

08/19 05:29 pm | Help Teachers Succeed with Content Standards | Teachers are clear about their need for more professional learning to implement college- and career-ready standards. Consider four essential steps to build support for ...

On-Demand Webinar

Tapping the Power of Online PD
Online tools like Twitter and Google+ are spawning new types of professional development opportunities that provide face-to-face interaction.

Chat Transcript

Training the Hybrid Educator
This chat addressed the kinds of professional development available to hybrid educators, as well as the key factors they need to know to be successful in the classroom.

Special Collection

Virtual PD Creates Connections
This special report in Education Week's series on virtual education, examines how K-12 professional development is taking a more digital approach to educator training.

PD Directory

The Professional Development Directory features courses and resources for teachers on:
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Effective Teaching Strategies

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Despite increased professional development for teaching to the new standards, about half of teachers surveyed do not feel the preparation has been adequate.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week
Five educators and innovation experts discuss their efforts to help teachers cultivate greater creativity in the classroom (and their lives).
August 19, 2014 - Teacher
With so many options for professional development, conference organizers are trying new ways to engage educators and make their events stand out.
August 13, 2014 - Teacher
In 2012, the Iredell-Statesville district in North Carolina won a $20 million grant to pursue a personalized-learning initiative. Now, the district's leaders want to make sure they get it right.
June 18, 2014 - Teacher
A new book argues that effective school-wide implementation and use of personalized learning is essential to the pursuit of greater educational equity.
June 18, 2014 - Teacher
As Singapore increases the use of digital devices in schools, the country's education leaders are making a parallel effort to train teachers not just in the latest tech trends but in how to determine when and why to use technology.
May 7, 2014 - Teacher
The president may have a view of teaching that involves more than test results, but his administration's policies have arguably failed to focus much attention beyond that aspect.
May 6, 2014 - Teacher
Citing insurmountable administrative and financial challenges, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards voted to end its efforts to develop advanced certification for principals.
April 22, 2014 - Education Week
Principals spend only a small fraction of their day on instruction-related duties, and new research suggests that some of that time may be wasted.
March 25, 2014 - Education Week
Middle school language arts teacher Sarah Goodis-Orenstein offers tips on improving students' on-demand writing skills, which she argues are increasingly needed both on standardized tests and in the workplace.
January 29, 2014 - Teacher

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