Professional Development

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

Lora Reyes, a licensed family child-care educator, operates a day-care center out of her home in Westfield, Mass.
—M. Scott Brauer for Education Week

Skill Levels Remain Issue in Pre-K Staffing

Concerns about literacy and other shortfalls on the part of some child-care and preschool staff members renew calls for more training and support to boost worker qualifications. (June 7, 2016)

Spotlight on Personalized Professional Development

In this Spotlight, learn how schools are boosting teacher collaboration through video-based PD, personalized platforms, and professional learning communities.

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Learning Forward's PD Watch Blog

12/07 01:59 pm | Award winners exemplify the Standards for Professional Learning | Meet the winners of the first Learnies awards and learn how they are working to advance effective professional learning for educators.

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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 nation's largest charter network annually prepares principal candidates with intensive training and support.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week
As demands of the job grow, principals are tapping into the talents of the teacher corps to serve in meaningful leadership roles that support management and improve instruction.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week
AASA, the School Superintendents Association, is training a new generation of administrators to deftly manage the complex demands of running the nation's school systems.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week
It's easy for teachers to find themselves isolated in the classroom. Paul Barnwell has some strategies for getting more involved in the school community and forging connections between colleagues.
January 13, 2015 – Teacher
Differentiated instruction adds depth and complexity to teaching, but it's all but impossible to implement in today's classrooms, James Delisle writes.
January 7, 2015 – Education Week
In an exhibit and teacher programs, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum offers a powerful new lens for lessons about the genocide that killed nearly 6 million Jews.
January 7, 2015 – Education Week
English teacher and instructional technology coach Brianna Crowley offers practical advice on creating professional learning networks built on intersecting layers of relationships.
December 31, 2014 – Teacher
December 10, 2014 – Education Week
December 10, 2014 – Education Week
Arts represent a vital piece of the K-12 education experience, Jean Hendrickson writes.
December 3, 2014 – Education Week

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