Professional Development

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

Brooke T. Webb, a teacher at Lanier High School in Gwinett County, Ga., trains a group of fellow Lanier educators who are interested in implementing eClass, an online educational platform used for teachers and students to share work, engage in class discussions, take tests, receive grades, and accomplish other tasks.
—Dustin Chambers for Education Week

Pressure on LMS Companies to Provide Quality PD

Educators must grasp how learning management systems can help students, yet also acquire the skills to juggle myriad academic and managerial duties. (September 29, 2014)

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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11/12 03:37 pm | 7 Responsibilities of Teacher Leaders | All teachers are leaders. What distinguishes one teacher leader from another is the reach of his or her leadership. Consider these seven responsibilities that teacher leaders ...

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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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The Professional Development Directory features courses and resources for teachers on:
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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
As budget cuts continue to limit district-level training opportunities, PLNs take an organic, grassroots approach to professional development.
October 24, 2011 - Education Week
Educators click into Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for quick feedback and open-ended discussions on best practices.
October 24, 2011 - Education Week
Offerings from many schools of education are more aligned with traditional face-to-face approaches, but some colleges are moving to incorporate more virtual PD into their programs.
October 24, 2011 - Education Week
Because schools of education have been slow to offer programs to develop virtual instructors, many of the nation’s leading online schools are trying to fill the void.
October 24, 2011 - Education Week

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