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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Teachers see the value of showing their mastery of individual skills, but questions remain about the quality and rigor of microcredential programs.
April 26, 2017 – Education Week
Researchers and educational foundations are targeting early educators for professional development in math, which is improving teacher morale as well as improving children’s school readiness.
April 26, 2017 – Education Week
In-classroom coaching has proven benefits for teachers, but working with adult learners requires developing trust-building and communication skills.
April 26, 2017 – Education Week
The Boulder Valley District in Colorado built an online portal called MyPassport, intended to guide educators to professional development that matches their needs.
April 26, 2017 – Education Week
"Executive coaching" is designed to help retain and groom male teachers by helping them navigate the specific challenges facing minority classroom leaders.
April 26, 2017 – Education Week
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

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