Professional Development

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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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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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The Professional Development Directory features courses and resources for teachers on:
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Schools are working to incorporate more multimedia into classrooms, upgrade online professional development, and do a better job using data to improve student achievement.
March 11, 2013 - Education Week
Done right, evaluation policy can help teachers learn and improve, Angela Minnici and Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt write.
March 5, 2013 - Education Week
A research project in the Memphis, Tenn., schools is comparing two different professional-development approaches that incorporate technology.
February 26, 2013 - Education Week
Almost half said in a survey they weren't ready to teach the standards, especially to students considered at-risk and those with special needs.
February 26, 2013 - Education Week
Language arts teacher Rob Kriete examines the habits of successful teacher-learning cohorts.
February 20, 2013 - Teacher
The proposal includes a 3.0 GPA for applicants and evidence that programs' graduates make an impact in their K-12 classrooms.
February 19, 2013 - Education Week
Universities and districts are increasingly basing principal training in the schools where leaders will end up working.
December 4, 2012 - Education Week
There are five principles to consider for supporting professional development for science educators, write Jean Moon, Sarah Michaels, and Brian J. Reiser.
November 30, 2012 - Education Week
Jack Gillette of Lesley University suggests that higher education should reinvent post-licensure programs to help close the gap in teacher development.
November 6, 2012 - Education Week
Student test scores should not serve as the major criterion for principal evaluation, Gail Connelly and JoAnn Bartoletti write.
October 30, 2012 - Education Week

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