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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Professional Development

Learning Forward's PD Watch Blog

02/02 04:38 pm | The Evidence for Elevating Teachers | A TeachStrong campaign is drawing attention to the national imperative to invest in teaching and teachers.

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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October 8, 2013 - Education Week
Schools and policymakers should be pouring their energies into finding and supporting great teachers, says Mary Amato.
September 23, 2013 - Education Week
As more districts trim the school week to cope with budget crunches, the WACO district is doing so to expand student enrichment opportunities and teachers' professional development.
September 17, 2013 - Education Week
To win approval from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, programs must show that candidates and districts are satisfied with preparation quality and that graduates boost student achievement.
September 10, 2013 - Education Week
Teacher Anthony S. Colucci says that being an active citizen is part of a teacher’s job description.
September 10, 2013 - Teacher
Award-winning educator Justin Minkel discusses the shift in focus that helped him mature as a teacher.
September 3, 2013 - Teacher
When principals immerse themselves in learning about formative assessments and how students learn, they become better instructional leaders for teachers.
July 23, 2013 - Education Week
Reflecting on her own experience, 10-year teacher Lillie Marshall offers her thoughts on how teacher-prep programs could better ready new teachers for the realities of the classroom (including those pelted-by-yogurt moments).
July 23, 2013 - Teacher
Teachers and principals are becoming increasingly comfortable using online tools to hone their professional skills, according to a new survey.
June 11, 2013 - Digital Directions
A Minnesota district's ed-tech professional-development strategy emphasizes how-to videos and support from technology-integration specialists.
June 11, 2013 - Digital Directions

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