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Professional Development Opinion Embracing the Power of Video Use in Teacher Evaluations
Learn how one district championed using video for teacher reviews with the full support of its teachers' union.
Stephanie Hofer, December 14, 2021
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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.
Alyson Klein, May 18, 2021
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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.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 21, 2021
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Jason Hodgson, director of professional development at the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District in Bakersfield, Calif., has revolutionized the district's teacher-professional development program.
Jason Hodgson, director of professional development at the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District in Bakersfield, Calif.
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Professional Development Leader To Learn From How This District Leader Transformed Teacher PD
In Bakersfield, Calif., Jason Hodgson revamped teacher PD with a suite of customized, online courses taught mainly by district teachers.
Elizabeth Heubeck, February 17, 2021
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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.
Alyson Klein, November 18, 2020
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Professional Development 5 Tips for Remote Learning PD Success
Training teachers, principals, and district administrators on how to improve remote instruction will take a big commitment to mastering the learning management system and honing video teaching skills.
David Rauf, July 22, 2020
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A scene from an online simulation created to provide a crash course for Houston teachers on recognizing the emotional aftereffects of disasters in students and responding to them with sensitivity.
A scene from an online simulation created to provide a crash course for Houston teachers on recognizing the emotional aftereffects of disasters in students and responding to them with sensitivity.
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.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 20, 2019
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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?
Weston Kieschnick, September 28, 2016
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Professional Development CTQ Collaboratory 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.
Jessica Cuthbertson, July 18, 2016
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Education Opinion Online PD Won't Work If It's Not Job-Embedded
A former New York City PD director and blended learning specialist weighs in on online learning for teachers.
Matthew Lynch & Michael Weinraub, June 3, 2016
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Professional Development Online Teacher-Coaching Services on the Rise
To help hone their skills and improve their classroom practice, a growing number of teachers are getting help from virtual-coaching services, according to a story in the Hechinger Report this week.
Elisha McNeil, February 19, 2016
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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.
Elizabeth Stein, October 24, 2013
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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.
Rod Powell, October 23, 2013
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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.
Brianna Crowley, October 23, 2013
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