Professional Development

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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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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.

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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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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
Teachers report the number of hours they spent in professional-development activities for educational technology.
October 17, 2011 - Digital Directions
Having teachers experience “a day in the life of an English-language learner” can reveal gaps in academic-language exposure.
October 12, 2011 - Teacher PD Sourcebook
A Maryland initiative seeks to scale up co-teaching as a way to support students of all needs.
October 12, 2011 - Teacher PD Sourcebook
Are general education teachers being fully prepped to work with students with learning disabilities?
October 12, 2011 - Teacher PD Sourcebook
The prolific and well-known education researcher Robert J. Marzano recently discussed how administrators can help mold effective teachers.
October 12, 2011 - Teacher PD Sourcebook

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