Professional Development

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

Lora Reyes, a licensed family child-care educator, operates a day-care center out of her home in Westfield, Mass.
—M. Scott Brauer for Education Week

Skill Levels Remain Issue in Pre-K Staffing

Concerns about literacy and other shortfalls on the part of some child-care and preschool staff members renew calls for more training and support to boost worker qualifications. (June 7, 2016)

Spotlight on Personalized Professional Development

In this Spotlight, learn how schools are boosting teacher collaboration through video-based PD, personalized platforms, and professional learning communities.

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04/20 09:47 am | True Confession From Former School Principals | Reflecting on their time as school principals, two district leaders realize how little they understood about leading change.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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After realizing that teaching is her lifelong passion, Stephanie Pinkin shares why she returned from coaching and how she found a leadership role in the classroom.
April 4, 2017 – Teacher
To advance collaborative leadership, Wendi Pillars shares insights on defining a shared vision with fellow educators to implement a teacher-powered model in their schools.
February 8, 2017 – Teacher
A national set of revised professional goals for school principals are pushing some states and universities to rethink and redesign preparation.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
As it revises its certification process, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards says it's seeing an uptick in applicants.
January 11, 2017 – Education Week
To supplement their school- or district-provided mentoring, many novice teachers are seeking support from online and social media communities.
October 5, 2016 – Teacher
Aiming to offer support and assistance for local leaders, rather than prescriptive formulas, the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence is open for business.
September 28, 2016 – Education Week
Good STEM lessons are not typical science or math lessons, says Anne Jolly. They must actively engage students in creating and engineering solutions for real-world challenges.
September 23, 2016 – Teacher
A new report estimates that, if current market trends persist, U.S. schools could be short by hundreds of thousands of teachers within the next few years.
September 21, 2016 – Education Week
Teacher Stephanie Pinkin says the evolution of web-based technologies has changed teaching more than educators often realize.
September 9, 2016 – Teacher
Tailored student-centered approaches can improve student achievement and attainment, writes Nellie Mae Education Foundation president Nicholas C. Donohue.
September 7, 2016 – Education Week

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