Professional Development Online Summit

Blind Spots in Teacher Professional Development

This event occurred on October 24, 2019 3:00 PM EDT and is only accessible to those who originally registered.
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Professional development happens every year for every teacher, and yet there’s broad agreement among educators that it very often misses the mark. In some places, teachers are turning their districts’ attention to longstanding blind spots in PD, and helping make training more targeted and meaningful. In this virtual event, Education Week reporters and their expert guests will look at some of the most prevalent problems with and oversights in PD, and offer ideas for fixing them.

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Blind Spots in Teacher Professional Development: In Conversation With Education Week


1:00–2:30 p.m. ET | Discussions Open
1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Implicit-Bias Training: What Is It and Why Do Teachers Need It?

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Bouncing Back From Failure: How to Help Teachers With the Constant Struggle

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Making PD Work for Teachers of Students With Diverse Needs

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Too Many PD Requirements, Too Little Time

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Bringing ‘Surprise and Delight’ to Teacher Training

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

How will you inspire your teams to succeed?

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Identifying the ‘Blind Spots’ in Literacy Professional Development for Today’s Teachers

2:30–3:00 p.m. ET

Final Reporter Wrap-up

Rachael L. Coleman
Principal Roxboro Middle School, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Kate Field
Teacher Development Specialist Connecticut Education Association
Janet Eichenberger Hiatt
ESL/Diversity Consultant Heartland Area Education Agency, Johnston, Iowa
Lisa M. Hunt
Family Engagement Specialist Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, Ohio
Jason Jowers
Principal Eno Valley Elementary, Durham, N.C.
Patrice McCarthy
Deputy Director and General Counsel Connecticut Association of Boards of Education
Jennifer Flores Samson
Associate Professor and Chair of Special Education Hunter College, School of Education
Dyane Smokorowski
Technology and Innovation Lead Teacher Andover Public Schools, Andover, Kan.
Sarah Brown Wessling
Teacher Leader Wessling Johnston High School, Johnston, Iowa
Evie Blad is a reporter for Education Week.
Alyson Klein is an assistant editor for Education Week.
Corey Mitchell was an associate editor who covered special education, English-language learners and other special populations.
Sarah Schwartz is a reporter for Education Week who covers curriculum and instruction.
Madeline Will is a reporter for Education Week who covers the teaching profession.
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Education Week can provide 1 hour of Professional Development credit for online summits if the educator attends live. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you shortly after the summit has ended. On demand viewing of a summit cannot be used for credit. As with all professional development hours delivered, Education Week recommends each educator verify ahead of the online summit that the content will qualify for professional development in your school, district, county, or state with your supervisor, human resources professional, and/or principal or superintendent’s office.