Professional Development

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

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Teachers Want Better Feedback

Constructive feedback can make teacher observation more meaningful, insists Miriam Greenberg of Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy. (August 17, 2015)

Spotlight on Professional Development (2015)

In this Spotlight, learn how districts are using the talents of teachers in meaningful leadership roles and supporting teachers in sharing their expertise.

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Learning Forward's PD Watch Blog

08/27 03:12 pm | How Professional Learning Communities Benefit Students and Teachers | When educators pursue higher-quality teaching practices, students benefit from their targeted professional learning.

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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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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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New models for ed-tech training are moving away from a historical emphasis on developing technical skills and toward a broader focus on what educational approaches work best.
October 23, 2012 - Education Week
A Louisiana school is having success with a professional-development system that helps teachers grow, including financially, in their careers.
October 17, 2012 - Teacher
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

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