Professional Development

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

Lora Reyes, a licensed family child-care educator, operates a day-care center out of her home in Westfield, Mass.
—M. Scott Brauer for Education Week

Skill Levels Remain Issue in Pre-K Staffing

Concerns about literacy and other shortfalls on the part of some child-care and preschool staff members renew calls for more training and support to boost worker qualifications. (June 7, 2016)

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

09/26 01:33 pm | What We Say And What We Mean | Understanding the meaning behind several key terms we use can contribute to better results for adults and students.

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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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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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Charlotte Danielson, educator and author, offers a number of remedies she believes can strengthen the teaching practice and its flawed evaluation structure.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week
If you want to know how well your instruction lines up with your values, just take a hard look at how the children you teach spend their hours in your care, writes Justin Minkel.
April 5, 2016 – Teacher
Advocates say the movement offers an opportunity for schools to shift away from arbitrary credit-hour requirements toward a system based on evidence of progress in specific instructional skills.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
A long-running collaboration in Gwinnett County schools is pushing to make the most out of predictive analytics.
March 28, 2016 – Education Week
Years of planning have gone into the upstate New York district’s evolving efforts to put computers into the hands of nearly every student.
March 28, 2016 – Education Week
When voters approved a huge technology project in Beaverton schools, it was clear that a shift was needed in the district's tech and instruction departments.
March 28, 2016 – Education Week
A two-year experimental study of the National Writing Project shows that the program has a positive effect on teachers' instructional practices and their students' writing.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week
Anne Jolly presents strategies that she believes could improve the quality of STEM lessons and ensure successful learning, while offering guidelines for assessments.
March 14, 2016 – Teacher
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

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