Teacher PD

How teachers improve their instructional practices by earning credentials, receiving coaching, attending conferences, and collaborating

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Teacher Professional Development, Explained
What counts as PD? And is it effective? EdWeek breaks down current trends—and new research—in this explainer.
Students raise their hands during an assembly at Yates Magnet Elementary School in Schenectady, N.Y., on March 28, 2024.
Students raise their hands during an assembly at Yates Magnet Elementary School in Schenectady, N.Y., on March 28, 2024.
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Teaching A Classroom Management Training Helps New Teachers Send Fewer Kids to the Office
Anti-bias training has mixed success in cutting racial discipline gaps. Helping teachers interpret student behavior may be more effective.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 14, 2024
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Professional Development Q&A Teachers Dread PD. Here's How One School Leader Made It Engaging
Teachers need to collaborate in their own learning, said Courtney Walker, an assistant principal from Georgia.
Olina Banerji, April 10, 2024
5 min read
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Professional Development Opinion Teacher Collaboration Often Means Analyzing Student Data to Boost Learning. But Does It Work?
For this professional development to be effective, teachers need a blame-free, action-oriented protocol, writes a longtime data coach.
Ronald S. Thomas, March 27, 2024
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Professional Development From Our Research Center Teachers Desperately Need AI Training. How Many Are Getting It?
Teachers' lack of AI knowledge and support hinders their use of the technology.
Lauraine Langreo, March 25, 2024
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Curriculum History Group Finds Little Evidence of K-12 'Indoctrination'
Most social science educators say they keep politics out of the classroom, but need help identifying good curriculum resources
Olina Banerji, March 20, 2024
6 min read
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Teaching Profession The State of Teaching DATA: 5 Key Insights Into America's Teachers
Teachers' viewpoints diverge significantly from principals on some core issues, The State of Teaching national survey results show.
Alex Harwin & Laura Baker, March 6, 2024
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Professional Development Opinion Are Your Staff Meetings Unfocused and Disjointed? Try These 5 Strategies
Too often, staff meetings do not focus on learning, which is a lost opportunity. Here's how to make them more meaningful.
Michael Nelson & Peter DeWitt, February 25, 2024
6 min read
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Teaching Profession Substitute Teachers Need Support, Too. See How One State Is Helping
Substitute teachers often feel unsupported and underprepared. Here's how one state is trying to change that.
Evie Blad, February 13, 2024
7 min read
Professional Development Spotlight Spotlight on The Importance of PD and Growth Opportunities for Teachers
This Spotlight will help you with the ins and outs of effective PD, the types of PD that teachers want, and more.
February 7, 2024
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English-Language Learners Q&A WIDA to Help Mainstream Teachers Work with English Learners
WIDA aims to offer more professional development opportunities for all teachers working with English learners, not just specialists.
Ileana Najarro, January 9, 2024
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Classroom Technology Teachers Ask Better Questions With Feedback That’s Frequent, Personal, and AI-Generated, Study Shows
The feedback can improve teaching practices, but also raises concerns around privacy and scrutiny.
Olina Banerji, December 8, 2023
4 min read
Educators chat with each other during the Edifying, Elevating, and Uplifting Teachers of Color conference in Minneapolis, Minn., on Oct. 20, 2023.
Educators chat with each other during the Edifying, Elevating, and Uplifting Teachers of Color conference in Minneapolis, Minn., on Oct. 20, 2023. Retaining educators within the profession requires paying attention to the quality of induction support they get, ongoing mentorship, and how well prepared school administrators are.
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Recruitment & Retention The Role Mentors and School Leaders Play in Retaining Teachers of Color
Beyond higher pay, experts share key factors that can keep teachers of color in the profession and even at a given school.
Ileana Najarro, December 4, 2023
6 min read
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Teaching Profession Substitute Teachers Would Like You to Stop Treating Them Like Babysitters
A research review found that substitute teachers get little respect and professional training.
Madeline Will, November 17, 2023
6 min read