Professional Development

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

Brooke T. Webb, a teacher at Lanier High School in Gwinett County, Ga., trains a group of fellow Lanier educators who are interested in implementing eClass, an online educational platform used for teachers and students to share work, engage in class discussions, take tests, receive grades, and accomplish other tasks.
—Dustin Chambers for Education Week

Pressure on LMS Companies to Provide Quality PD

Educators must grasp how learning management systems can help students, yet also acquire the skills to juggle myriad academic and managerial duties. (September 29, 2014)

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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11/12 03:37 pm | 7 Responsibilities of Teacher Leaders | All teachers are leaders. What distinguishes one teacher leader from another is the reach of his or her leadership. Consider these seven responsibilities that teacher leaders ...

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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.

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.

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Melinda G. George, president of the National Commission on Teaching and America's future, says that teachers' voices must be heard for educational initiatives to be successful.
November 18, 2014 - Teacher
An accurate and fair grading system empowers teachers and students while also building trust, writes Joe Feldman.
November 11, 2014 - Education Week
Schools and teachers face complex challenges and competing demands as they work toward implementing the new math standards.
November 10, 2014 - Education Week
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 - Education Week
With their heightened emphasis on language and explication, the new math standards pose unique challenges for students who are not fully proficient in English.
November 10, 2014 - Education Week
Fix, don't close, neighborhood schools, and adopt three other reform ideas to change education for the better, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
Regie Routman argues that good assessment results can be fleeting, but good leadership never is.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
A South Carolina school district hopes to replicate the initial success at a middle school, where test scores, student engagement, and teacher attendance have improved.
October 20, 2014 - Education Week
Educators must grasp how learning management systems can help students, yet also acquire the skills to juggle myriad academic and managerial duties.
September 29, 2014 - Education Week
In a new survey of superintendents from Gallup and Education Week, most school district chiefs say they want states to stay the course on common-core tests.
September 29, 2014 - Education Week

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