Professional Development

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

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Can Teacher Residencies Help With Shortages?

Studies suggest the programs, though few in number, can help retain novice teachers and bring more teachers of color into classrooms. (May 9, 2017)

Spotlight on Professional Learning Communities

In this Spotlight, read about the challenges to collaborative PD, how video is helping teachers learn new skills, and how virtual learning communities are allowing educators to connect in new ways.

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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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From Teacher to Principal: A Look at the Typical Pathway
The career path to the principalship has been a fairly rigid one. Only in the past decade or so has the field seen some important changes in who makes it to a school’s top job—and how.

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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.

Teacher PD in the Common-Core Era: A Special Report
This special report on professional development explores the juncture between the common core and growing efforts to reconfigure learning opportunities for teachers.

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Some educator attest to the benefits while other experts argue the double duty can't work in many schools.
August 30, 2017 – Education Week
Ernie Rambo shares six steps that teachers can take to guide their own professional learning and become a more effective educator.
August 30, 2017 – Teacher
Building a better principal pipeline requires improved hiring practices and on-the-job support, writes the Wallace Foundation’s Jody Spiro.
August 8, 2017 – Education Week
How can educators infuse passion and creativity into an increasingly data-driven education system? One long-time teacher has some guidance.
August 4, 2017 – Education Week
Selective enrollment and deeper pockets aren’t the only advantages independent schools have over their public counterparts, writes Stephanie J. Hull.
August 2, 2017 – Education Week
A federal budget that guts Title II funding for teacher professional development is a bad idea, argues former school superintendent Deborah S. Delisle.
May 17, 2017 – Education Week
Studies suggest the programs, though few in number, can help retain novice teachers and bring more teachers of color into classrooms.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress shows how much professional development on using technology 8th grade math teachers received. Data is broken down by state.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
In Oakland, Calif., some teachers are working to deepen their knowledge on how to integrate social-emotional learning into their teaching of traditional subjects such as reading, writing, and math.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
Classroom needs, as well as new requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act, are leading to creative approaches to improving teachers' own learning and making it more effective.
April 26, 2017 – Education Week

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