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.

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Learning Forward's PD Watch Blog

04/12 05:05 pm | Use ESSA to Achieve Your Vision for Professional Learning | The Agents for Learning Competition gives practitioners an opportunity to help policymakers shape how the education law translates to what happens at the state and local ...

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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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The Professional Development Directory features courses and resources for teachers on:
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Claire Robertson says that teacher-mentors often make the mistake of charging into a classroom to fix a problem without understanding the context or the teacher's real needs.
March 8, 2016 - Teacher
Video resources for teachers are abundant, but they often oversimplify the challenges of classroom practice, argue Jean Moon and Sarah Michaels.
March 2, 2016 - Teacher
Connecticut teachers are learning how to talk more meaningfully—and without controversy—about the role of world religions in history and society.
February 23, 2016 - Education Week
February 23, 2016 - Education Week
In her new book, school consultant and former teacher Susan E. Craig argues that teachers need to have a deeper understanding of the effects of trauma and adverse circumstances on learning and what they can do help struggling students regain their academic ability.
February 17, 2016 - Teacher
The push for greater accountability in teacher preparation risks undermining equity, write two Michigan State University professors.
February 16, 2016 - Education Week
To build and deepen empathy, a group of education organizations is calling on K-12 leaders to "shadow" a student.
February 16, 2016 - Education Week
Many states rely too heavily on standardized testing, open their doors too easily to charters and vouchers, and fall short in supporting teachers, the Network for Public Education says.
February 9, 2016 - Education Week
February 9, 2016 - Education Week
Learn how Lincoln County, Tenn., created a new leadership role to make its teacher-evaluation system supportive and responsive teachers.
February 8, 2016 - Education Week

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