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:
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Effective Teaching Strategies

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Training of Out-of-School Staff Debated
The out-of-school field is trying to identify the training instructors need to be effective yet not just like classroom teachers.
April 3, 2012 - Education Week
With all but five states having adopted the Common Core State Standards in math and language arts, education leaders are expecting to see a surge of online professional development resources to help guide teachers through the transition.
February 29, 2012 - Teacher PD Sourcebook
The Literacy Collaborative's coaching-based program offers lessons on reading instruction and professional development design.
February 29, 2012 - Teacher PD Sourcebook
Increasing meaningful collaboration among teachers should be a more integral part of school-improvement efforts, says one researcher.
February 29, 2012 - Teacher PD Sourcebook
A group of actors and improv comedians called the Story Pirates inspires kids to write creatively by giving them a purpose beyond class.
February 29, 2012 - Teacher PD Sourcebook
Teacher and author Dan Brown, who recently earned National Board certification, discusses his achievement, the involvement required, and the impact it has had on his teaching.
December 6, 2011 - Teacher
December 5, 2011 - Education Week
New challenges continue to confront district and union leaders as they push forward with their pact to bolster the teaching corps.
November 15, 2011 - Education Week
Schools blend face-to-face and online professional development, but traditional PD still plays a role.
October 24, 2011 - Education Week
Education leaders say the Internet will be a powerful tool for sharing resources and best practices across state and district lines.
October 24, 2011 - Education Week

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