Professional Development

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

Elementary teachers in Kent County, Md., examine progressions documents associated with the common core during a districtwide cross-grade training.
—Swikar Patel/Education Week

Under Common Core, Teachers Band Together to Build Math 'Coherence'

The common standards for math put a heavy emphasis on coherent instruction, prompting efforts to familiarize teachers with standards for grade levels beyond their own. (November 10, 2014)

Common-Core Math in Practice

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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07/02 09:38 am | Is the School Principalship a Doable Job? It Depends | An initiative from The Wallace Foundation shows what districts can do to support school leaders.

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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Former Florida Teacher of the Year Megan Allen shares a few lessons to help teacher leaders feel better prepared for public presentations.
July 1, 2015 - Teacher
From her point of view, English language arts teacher Annette Christiansen tells principals what they can do in order to improve next year's learning environment.
June 24, 2015 - Teacher
Justin Minkel says that remaining with the same group of students for more than one year strengthens student-teacher relationships and has a powerful impact on learning.
June 17, 2015 - Teacher
Amid sharp criticism, a key set of professional standards for the nation's school leaders will now explicitly address equity, social justice, and ethical behaviors.
June 10, 2015 - Education Week
Jessica Keigan offers advice on joining the world of online writing and expanding your influence as an educator.
May 26, 2015 - Teacher
For teachers who want to lead their students, their colleagues, and their profession, the Stone Soup folk tale provides an excellent example of effective and collaborative leadership, writes Deidra Gammill.
May 5, 2015 - Teacher
The volume of high-school-equivalency testing dropped by half in 2014 after the General Educational Development exam was revised to align with the common-core standards.
May 1, 2015 - Education Week
Spring cleaning isn't just for the classroom, writes Sandy Merz. He says spring is a great time to get everything organized, from your shelves and files to your thoughts and feelings.
April 28, 2015 - Teacher
Enacting policies that support and encourage district and school-level student-engagement efforts should be a priority, says the National Association of State Boards of Education.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
New research challenges the belief that teachers plateau early in their careers, suggesting instead their effectiveness grows over the first decade in the classroom and beyond.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week

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