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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07/23 01:14 pm | Senate's Version of ESEA Affirms Professional Learning Principles | The bill makes clear that educators' professional learning must be collaborative, job-embedded, sustained, classroom-focused, and data-driven.

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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.

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.

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At a time of competing pressures around teacher evaluation and career development, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is retooling itself in an effort to increase its influence in the field.
October 17, 2012 - Teacher
The concept of teacher leadership is in a perilous transition phase, where the right structures or mind-sets aren't always in place to support the roles educators expect, writes teacher Ariel Sacks.
October 17, 2012 - Teacher
As part of a far-reaching effort to create a statewide teacher-advancement model, the Iowa Department of Education released an extensive proposal to create new career paths and differentiated compensation for educators.
October 17, 2012 - Teacher
Degree programs in teacher leadership have emerged in recent years in response to an increasing number of teachers who are looking to advance in their careers without leaving the classroom.
October 17, 2012 - Teacher
Leaders of a new center designed to expand students with disabilities' access to online courses have expressed concerns about those students' participation in e-learning.
October 16, 2012 - Education Week
Ongoing and effective professional development is critical, experts say, and technology holds the key to providing deep learning experiences for teachers that can be scaled across state borders.
October 15, 2012 - Digital Directions
Prodded by federal officials, the district is addressing its disproportionate suspension rates for black students.
October 9, 2012 - Education Week
An Oakland, Calif., program tries to encourage more nonwhites to enter teaching—and stay in it.
October 9, 2012 - Education Week
September 25, 2012 - Education Week
Study Weighs Pros, Cons of Teacher Turnover
Turnaround schools don't always keep the best teachers and lose the worst ones, a researcher finds.
September 18, 2012 - Education Week

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