Professional Development

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

Elementary teachers in Kent County, Md., examine progressions documents associated with the common core during a districtwide cross-grade training.
—Swikar Patel/Education Week

Under Common Core, Teachers Band Together to Build Math 'Coherence'

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)

Common-Core Math in Practice

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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Learning Forward's PD Watch Blog

12/17 11:21 am | Put Conference Learning Into Action Now | Use several strategies to implement and extend the learning from events like Learning Forward's Annual Conference.

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:
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A new book argues that effective school-wide implementation and use of personalized learning is essential to the pursuit of greater educational equity.
June 18, 2014 - Teacher
As Singapore increases the use of digital devices in schools, the country's education leaders are making a parallel effort to train teachers not just in the latest tech trends but in how to determine when and why to use technology.
May 7, 2014 - Teacher
The president may have a view of teaching that involves more than test results, but his administration's policies have arguably failed to focus much attention beyond that aspect.
May 6, 2014 - Teacher
Citing insurmountable administrative and financial challenges, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards voted to end its efforts to develop advanced certification for principals.
April 22, 2014 - Education Week
Principals spend only a small fraction of their day on instruction-related duties, and new research suggests that some of that time may be wasted.
March 25, 2014 - Education Week
Middle school language arts teacher Sarah Goodis-Orenstein offers tips on improving students' on-demand writing skills, which she argues are increasingly needed both on standardized tests and in the workplace.
January 29, 2014 - Teacher
Nancy Barile, a high school language arts teacher in Revere, Mass., writes that teachers' passions and past experiences can have a positive impact on their teaching and connections with students.
January 22, 2014 - AP
The foundation has put $22 million behind several organizations that aim to elevate teachers' voices in policy discussions, but those groups have often been viewed with suspicion by teachers' unions.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week
Educator Leslie Laud says that evidence-based practices for teaching writing, including the use of formative-assessment techniques, can dramatically improve students' skills.
October 30, 2013 - Teacher
Coaches say teachers can develop their classroom-management capacities—assuming they’re willing to re-examine their practices and attend more closely to the details of their interactions with students.
October 14, 2013 - Teacher

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