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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04/20 09:47 am | True Confession From Former School Principals | Reflecting on their time as school principals, two district leaders realize how little they understood about leading change.

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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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Spring cleaning isn't just for the classroom, writes Sandy Merz. He says spring is a great time to get everything organized, from your shelves and files to your thoughts and feelings.
April 28, 2015 – Teacher
Enacting policies that support and encourage district and school-level student-engagement efforts should be a priority, says the National Association of State Boards of Education.
March 25, 2015 – Education Week
New research challenges the belief that teachers plateau early in their careers, suggesting instead their effectiveness grows over the first decade in the classroom and beyond.
March 25, 2015 – Education Week
The link between a school system's chief academic officer and school-based leaders must be strong if districts want to turn lofty visions into achievement gains.
March 18, 2015 – Education Week
The National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education is built on the idea that the best teachers need opportunities to wrestle with cognitively challenging professional work to improve their craft and spread their expertise.
February 25, 2015 – Teacher
An expanded edition of Doug Lemov's popular book is published as interest in practice-based teacher preparation is growing.
February 4, 2015 – Education Week
In this special report, we examine how educators and policymakers are cultivating principals who can be the kind of political, managerial, and instructional leaders the profession now demands.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week
State leaders work to upgrade the principal ranks through training and coaching of talented administrators looking to move up.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week
The need for more high-quality professional development for school leaders is gaining traction in local districts and with state and federal policymakers.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week
School districts are working to retool the responsibilities of principal supervisors, who have traditionally been charged with making sure principals—and the schools they run—comply with rules and regulations.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week

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