Professional Development

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

Elementary teachers in Kent County, Md., examine progressions documents associated with the common core during a districtwide cross-grade training.
—Swikar Patel/Education Week

Under Common Core, Teachers Band Together to Build Math 'Coherence'

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 10, 2014)

Common-Core Math in Practice

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.

Issue Backgrounder

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Professional Development

Learning Forward's PD Watch Blog

01/28 05:03 pm | New Vision Clarifies Our Work | Learning Forward affirms its commitment to excellent teaching and learning.

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:
Online Degree Programs
Effective Teaching Strategies

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Textbooks are expensive, outdated, and stifling to creativity, says a veteran English teacher. And worst of all, they don't promote a love of reading.
August 8, 2012 - Teacher
Beverlee Jobrack explains how schools can identify effective teaching materials as they embark on the implementation of the standards.
August 7, 2012 - Education Week
Having just returned from teacher training at the Sally Ride Academy when she learned of the first female U.S. astronaut's passing, a 4th grade teacher reflects on Ride's contributions to STEM education.
July 31, 2012 - Teacher
School leaders may not be able to control the demands of their jobs, but they can control the level of their stress, write Kirsten Olson and Valerie Brown.
June 29, 2012 - Education Week
New forms of online professional development are challenging traditional methods used to acknowledge teacher efforts.
June 13, 2012 - Digital Directions
Discovering the brain's power to change may be neuroscience's biggest—and most promising—contribution to education.
June 4, 2012 - Education Week
After a slow start, a flurry of activity has occurred in the past six months to prepare principals for the new standards.
May 30, 2012 - Education Week
May 15, 2012 - Education Week
New organizations are making their impact felt in statehouses on issues such as teacher evaluation and charter schools.
May 14, 2012 - Education Week
An updated ESEA should focus on a few evidence-based strategies for improving schools, Marshall S. Smith writes.
May 4, 2012 - Education Week

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