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 Personalized Professional Development

In this Spotlight, learn how schools are boosting teacher collaboration through video-based PD, personalized platforms, and professional learning communities.

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02/24 09:14 am | Trusting Collegial Relationships Build Strengths in Learning Systems | School leaders in Santa Fe (Texas) ISD form a principal PLC to build common language and learning designs together as they work toward their vision and 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.

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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.

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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
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
Connecticut teachers are learning how to talk more meaningfully—and without controversy—about the role of world religions in history and society.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
Learn how Lincoln County, Tenn., created a new leadership role to make its teacher-evaluation system supportive and responsive teachers.
February 22, 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 17, 2016 – Education Week
To build and deepen empathy, a group of education organizations is calling on K-12 leaders to "shadow" a student.
February 17, 2016 – Education Week

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