Spotlight on Reinventing Professional Development

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On Reinventing Professional Development

The Education Week Spotlight on Reinventing Professional Development is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Professional learning communities
  • Effective teacher teams
  • Ways to improve professional development
  • Building teacher leadership
  • Creating a culture of teacher learning
  • Web-based professional development
  • Research on staff training
  • Using social networks for staff development

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An explosion of offerings and evolving methodologies have made Web-based training a viable choice for many teachers.
October 1, 2009 – Teacher

The time American teachers spend in professional development largely continues to take place in isolation, rather than in school-based settings.
February 11, 2009 – Education Week

States and districts are setting up online networks to connect teachers to peers who may live dozens or even hundreds of miles away with the ultimate goal of improving instruction.
August 27, 2008 – Education Week

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Teacher collaboration is hailed as one of the most effective ways to improve student learning, and one high school in Illinois is often credited with perfecting the concept.
April 2, 2008 – Education Week

In Perspective
Growth Model
Long criticized for the short duration of its training, Teach for America invests heavily in the professional growth of its teachers.
September 16, 2009 – Education Week

Professional development by lecture is doomed, writes Ross Hunefeld, and should be replaced by teacher-led learning communities.
November 4, 2009 – Education Week

A professional development coach says teachers themselves are the best PD resource.
March 16, 2009 – Teacher

A distinguished educator describes her school's resourceful and collaborative culture of teacher learning.
March 16, 2009 – Teacher

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