Professional Development

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

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Can Teacher Residencies Help With Shortages?

Studies suggest the programs, though few in number, can help retain novice teachers and bring more teachers of color into classrooms. (May 9, 2017)

Spotlight on Professional Learning Communities

In this Spotlight, read about the challenges to collaborative PD, how video is helping teachers learn new skills, and how virtual learning communities are allowing educators to connect in new ways.

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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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From Teacher to Principal: A Look at the Typical Pathway
The career path to the principalship has been a fairly rigid one. Only in the past decade or so has the field seen some important changes in who makes it to a school’s top job—and how.

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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.

Teacher PD in the Common-Core Era: A Special Report
This special report on professional development explores the juncture between the common core and growing efforts to reconfigure learning opportunities for teachers.

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The most compelling presenters use effective teaching practices to engage their audience, says teacher Brianna Crowley.
July 21, 2015 – Teacher
Leadership, professional development, and hands-on learning were on the minds of nearly 20,000 educational technology enthusiasts who attended the ISTE annual conference in Philadelphia.
July 8, 2015 – Education Week
Former Florida Teacher of the Year Megan Allen shares a few lessons to help teacher leaders feel better prepared for public presentations.
July 1, 2015 – Teacher
From her point of view, English language arts teacher Annette Christiansen tells principals what they can do in order to improve next year's learning environment.
June 24, 2015 – Teacher
Justin Minkel says that remaining with the same group of students for more than one year strengthens student-teacher relationships and has a powerful impact on learning.
June 17, 2015 – Teacher
Amid sharp criticism, a key set of professional standards for the nation's school leaders will now explicitly address equity, social justice, and ethical behaviors.
June 10, 2015 – Education Week
Jessica Keigan offers advice on joining the world of online writing and expanding your influence as an educator.
May 26, 2015 – Teacher
For teachers who want to lead their students, their colleagues, and their profession, the Stone Soup folk tale provides an excellent example of effective and collaborative leadership, writes Deidra Gammill.
May 5, 2015 – Teacher
The volume of high-school-equivalency testing dropped by half in 2014 after the General Educational Development exam was revised to align with the common-core standards.
May 6, 2015 – Education Week
Spring cleaning isn't just for the classroom, writes Sandy Merz. He says spring is a great time to get everything organized, from your shelves and files to your thoughts and feelings.
April 28, 2015 – Teacher

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