Professional Development

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

Ronda Moncada, center, a librarian and English teacher at Hurricane High School in Hurricane, W. Va., says 'training gives us the confidence we're doing the right thing.'
—Mark Webb for Education Week

Why K-12 Data-Privacy Training Needs to Improve

Education experts are lamenting the lack of training opportunities for educators that they say must happen for true student-data-privacy protection. (October 19, 2015)

Spotlight on Professional Development (2015)

In this Spotlight, learn how districts are using the talents of teachers in meaningful leadership roles and supporting teachers in sharing their expertise.

Issue Backgrounder

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Professional Development

Learning Forward's PD Watch Blog

11/18 01:30 pm | Leverage the Power of Collaborative Expertise | Researcher John Hattie zeroes in on the power of collaboration to build teachers' skills and impact student learning.

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:
Online Degree Programs
Effective Teaching Strategies

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The closely watched California district recently launched a "myPD" platform to help teachers select their own training paths.
September 28, 2015 - Education Week
A pilot professional-development program funded by the National Science Foundation introduces elementary school teachers to a method of advanced problem-solving.
September 28, 2015 - Education Week
A number of new PD initiatives aim to help teachers elicit more complex responses and interpretations from students.
September 28, 2015 - Education Week
Key sources of common-core related PD, online lesson sites for teachers come with fine-print complexities.
September 28, 2015 - Education Week
As platforms evolve, more school districts are using video in professional development to boost teacher collaboration and refine classroom practice.
September 28, 2015 - Education Week
Educators say the social media platform offers immediacy and practicality often missing from school PD programs.
September 28, 2015 - Education Week
An initiative in the nation's capital aims to give select teachers more time to work with colleagues.
September 28, 2015 - Education Week
Kathryn Parker Boudett, co-author of Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators, offers ideas on what makes school-based meetings work well—and why they often don't.
September 28, 2015 - Education Week
In adapting to a school that is collaboratively run by teachers, Kathleen Melville says that she had to "unlearn" many of her past assumptions about teaching and learning.
August 18, 2015 - Teacher
Constructive feedback can make teacher observation more meaningful, insists Miriam Greenberg of Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy.
August 17, 2015 - Education Week

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