Professional Development

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

Ronda Moncada, center, a librarian and English teacher at Hurricane High School in Hurricane, W. Va., says 'training gives us the confidence we're doing the right thing.'
—Mark Webb for Education Week

Why K-12 Data-Privacy Training Needs to Improve

Education experts are lamenting the lack of training opportunities for educators that they say must happen for true student-data-privacy protection. (October 19, 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

06/20 12:14 pm | Research Underscores Collaboration's Impact | A report from the Learning Policy Institute adds to the mounting evidence that not only confirms the value of effective collaboration but also details what it looks like.

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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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Drawing on real-world advice from principals, several initiatives in the Obama administration's second term aim to address the needs of school leaders.
December 1, 2014 – Education Week
Melinda G. George, president of the National Commission on Teaching and America's future, says that teachers' voices must be heard for educational initiatives to be successful.
November 17, 2014 – Teacher
An accurate and fair grading system empowers teachers and students while also building trust, writes Joe Feldman.
November 12, 2014 – Education Week
Schools and teachers face complex challenges and competing demands as they work toward implementing the new math standards.
November 12, 2014 – Education Week
The common standards for math put a heavy emphasis on coherent instruction, prompting efforts to familiarize teachers with standards for grade levels beyond their own.
November 12, 2014 – Education Week
With their heightened emphasis on language and explication, the new math standards pose unique challenges for students who are not fully proficient in English.
November 12, 2014 – Education Week
Regie Routman argues that good assessment results can be fleeting, but good leadership never is.
October 22, 2014 – Education Week
A South Carolina school district hopes to replicate the initial success at a middle school, where test scores, student engagement, and teacher attendance have improved.
October 22, 2014 – Education Week
Fix, don't close, neighborhood schools, and adopt three other reform ideas to change education for the better, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.
October 22, 2014 – Education Week
Educators must grasp how learning management systems can help students, yet also acquire the skills to juggle myriad academic and managerial duties.
October 1, 2014 – Education Week

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