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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Professional Development

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:
Online Degree Programs
Effective Teaching Strategies

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With a new book on the horizon, Harry and Rosemary Wong continue to drive home the point that detailed planning and procedures are essential to effective classroom management—and teaching.
October 14, 2013 - Teacher
October 8, 2013 - Education Week
Schools and policymakers should be pouring their energies into finding and supporting great teachers, says Mary Amato.
September 23, 2013 - Education Week
As more districts trim the school week to cope with budget crunches, the WACO district is doing so to expand student enrichment opportunities and teachers' professional development.
September 17, 2013 - Education Week
To win approval from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, programs must show that candidates and districts are satisfied with preparation quality and that graduates boost student achievement.
September 10, 2013 - Education Week
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

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