Professional Development

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

Sharpe Elementary School teacher Ikeysha Hall works on a lesson with her 4th graders. She is participating in the Tripod Professional Development Research Project, a study in the Memphis schools that is comparing two different methods of technology-related professional development.
—Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal

Study Aims to Evaluate Tech-Related Teacher PD

A research project in the Memphis, Tenn., schools is comparing two different professional-development approaches that incorporate technology. (February 26, 2013)

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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Professional Development

Learning Forward's PD Watch Blog

09/15 08:01 am | Can Conferences Be Effective Professional Learning? | Consider how conferences can align with Learning Forward's Standards for Professional Learning to ensure that conference attendance advances attendees' learning goals.

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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.

PD Directory

The Professional Development Directory features courses and resources for teachers on:
Online Degree Programs
Effective Teaching Strategies

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Teacher Anthony S. Colucci says that being an active citizen is part of a teacher’s job description.
September 10, 2013 - Teacher
Award-winning educator Justin Minkel discusses the shift in focus that helped him mature as a teacher.
September 3, 2013 - Teacher
When principals immerse themselves in learning about formative assessments and how students learn, they become better instructional leaders for teachers.
July 23, 2013 - Education Week
Reflecting on her own experience, 10-year teacher Lillie Marshall offers her thoughts on how teacher-prep programs could better ready new teachers for the realities of the classroom (including those pelted-by-yogurt moments).
July 23, 2013 - Teacher
Teachers and principals are becoming increasingly comfortable using online tools to hone their professional skills, according to a new survey.
June 11, 2013 - Digital Directions
A Minnesota district's ed-tech professional-development strategy emphasizes how-to videos and support from technology-integration specialists.
June 11, 2013 - Digital Directions
As a teacher-educator, Julie Gorlewski writes that she struggles with the same tensions that she faced in her K-12 classroom.
June 11, 2013 - Education Week
A veteran teacher finds it tough going to lead her students toward mastery of the common standards in English/language arts.
June 4, 2013 - Education Week
Jennie Magiera, a digital learning expert, offers tips on using free platforms and tools that she says can help teachers jumpstart their own professional learning.
May 29, 2013 - Teacher
In attempting to bring "MOOCs" to the world of teacher training, Coursera and its university partners are courting a new and potentially vast audience.
May 14, 2013 - Education Week

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