Professional Development How to Fix 7 Fatal Flaws in Tech Professional Development
One silver lining of the pandemic is that it forced some districts to rethink their PD priorities and find new ways of training teachers.
Professional Development Opinion 10 Strategies for Building a Professional Learning Community
Four educators share suggestions for how teachers can build online and in-person professional learning communities.
Professional Development Q&A How to Bring 'Surprise and Delight' to Virtual Teacher Training During COVID-19
Dyane Smokorowski wants people who run PD sessions to make them so engaging that educators get FOMO if they don't sign up.
School Climate & Safety Online Simulation Preps Schools for Emotional Toll of Disasters
In disaster-ridden Houston, an online simulation trains teachers to recognize and respond to signs of trauma in students.
Education Opinion Think Online Videos Will Solve Your PD Problem? Think Again.
Twitter, YouTube, Podcasts, Pinterest, Khan Academy, TeacherTube, Facebook, and Google are existing repositories where educators are already freely sharing ideas and best practice. Do we really need more?
Professional Development How Teachers Can Benefit From Virtual Learning Communities
Virtual learning communities can be a way for educators to connect, collaborate, and improve both their individual and collective practice, Jessica Cuthbertson writes.
Professional Development Opinion Why Teachers Are Migrating to Online Communities for PD
Since joining online learning communities, the writing I jot down on discussion forums, blogs, and Twitter, for example, far extend my thinking beyond what's in my personal notebooks. My MiddleWeb blog, Two Teachers in the Room, keeps me connected with many educators like myself who are striving to strengthen their co-teaching practices in inclusion classrooms. I am taking charge of the kind of learning that can easily translate into best practices during my daily interactions with colleagues and students. I have learned to hear my voice, to share my voice, and to encourage others around me to share theirs. For me this professional development in the truest sense.
Professional Development Opinion Virtual-Learning Communities: The Silver Bullet for Teacher PD?
Motivated, reflective teachers may do well in a completely virtual learning environment. But I wonder: Will the average overburdened teacher be able commit the time and mental energy needed to make the most out of a virtual environment? Will some teachers expend minimal effort to satisfy requirements instead of taking the active role that is necessary for productive online learning? Can online learning be truly effective for the average teacher without some degree of face-to-face (or at least voice-to-voice) interaction? Those are questions worth thinking about in connection with inititiatives to scale up and formalize virtual learning within school PD systems.
Professional Development Opinion Autonomy and Collaboration: The Strengths of Online Teacher PD
While educational literature continues to promote personalized, differentiated learning for students, teacher PD ironically remains one dimensional and is often created with very little teacher input. With the proliferation of online communities, webinars, and educational chats, school districts shouldn't have to settle for the old practice of a "sit-and-get" for their professionals. Promoting online learning communities as formalized professional development honors teachers' autonomy, professionalism, and commitment to life-long learning.