Professional Development

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

Sharpe Elementary School teacher Ikeysha Hall works on a lesson with her 4th graders. She is participating in the Tripod Professional Development Research Project, a study in the Memphis schools that is comparing two different methods of technology-related professional development.
—Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal

Study Aims to Evaluate Tech-Related Teacher PD

A research project in the Memphis, Tenn., schools is comparing two different professional-development approaches that incorporate technology. (February 26, 2013)

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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Learning Forward's PD Watch Blog

07/17 09:58 am | Education Fairy Tales Put to Rest Through Research | Carol François shares some popular education myths that have been debunked by John Hattie and Greg Yates in their book Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn.

On-Demand Webinar

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.

PD Directory

The Professional Development Directory features courses and resources for teachers on:
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Effective Teaching Strategies

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The teaching force is becoming younger, less experienced, and increasingly female, according to a survey by the National Center for Education Information.
October 12, 2011 - Teacher PD Sourcebook
Science and math teacher Michelle Shearer, the 2011 National Teacher of the Year, stresses the importance of making rigorous STEM instruction available—and accessible—to all students.
October 12, 2011 - Teacher PD Sourcebook
Funding professional development and teacher retention may not be as thrilling as giving every student an iPad, but it’s more likely to help kids learn, argues Jack Schneider.
October 4, 2011 - Education Week
Online learning for teachers is a good investment and an effective tool for improving professional development, writes Alvin H. Crawford.
September 9, 2011 - Education Week
Teachers who work with special education students in an online environment benefit from intense, targeted instruction to assure they meet students' needs.
August 22, 2011 - Education Week
The state is using Race to the Top resources for extensive professional development in its push for common academic standards.
July 12, 2011 - Education Week
A growing number of educators around the country are using the social-networking site to share best practices and find answers to important questions.
July 12, 2011 - Education Week
A new synthesis of 50 years of National Education Association data underscores the need for ways to direct and systematize disparate education research activities, the NEA's Darrel Drury writes.
June 30, 2011 - Education Week
The amount of training required to become proficient with "Second Life" has discouraged many educators from using it for professional development.
June 15, 2011 - Digital Directions
Pointing students to postsecondary options other than a four-year college is a challenge for already-overworked counselors.
May 31, 2011 - Education Week

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