Professional Development

The latest news about professional development including articles, opinion essays, and special features.


Are Math Coaches the Answer to Lagging Achievement?

A sizable body of research shows that intensive, one-on-one coaching can improve instructional practice and student achievement more than other professional development offerings for teachers. (May 5, 2020)

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Spotlight on Professional Learning

Across the country, educators are working to improve their practice through professional learning. In this Spotlight, discover how schools are helping teachers learn new technologies, how educators are crafting personalized plans for improving instruction, and how to balance autonomy and collaboration to spur meaningful professional development.

Spotlight on Professional Development

Educators are combining time-tested strategies with new approaches to get the most out of literacy instruction in schools. In this Spotlight, learn how invented spelling can produce better readers, how teachers are using social media to connect students with authors, and how to teach revision in the writing process.

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Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Professional Development?
How does ESSA define professional development, what conditions encourage effective teacher training, and how are districts supporting professional development for early-childhood educators?

VIDEO: What Are Your Worst Professional Development Stories?

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From Teacher to Principal: A Look at the Typical Pathway
The career path to the principalship has been a fairly rigid one. Only in the past decade or so has the field seen some important changes in who makes it to a school’s top job—and how.

What Does It Look Like When Districts Connect PD to Academic Goals?
In a new report, researchers at the nonprofit organization Education Resource Strategies studied the differences between typical districts and school systems that have made "connected professional learning" a core part of their academic strategy.

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Smart Strategies for Teacher Professional Development
How are school districts making professional development more relevant and meaningful for teachers? This special report takes an in-depth look at a few of those efforts.

Making Teacher Recertification Meaningful
This special report takes a hard look at recertification, posing questions about how it could be strengthened to support teachers better.

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To address the complex academic and emotional needs of students who are returning to school—either physically or virtually—some schools are experimenting with new staffing models.
August 6, 2020 – Education Week
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.
July 23, 2020 – Education Week
Educators are struggling to learn how to use new tech tools—devices, apps, software, and online textbooks—in greater volume than ever before.
April 22, 2020 – Education Week
At least 20 states have issued guidance or waived requirements for teacher evaluations this school year due to the challenges of remote learning.
April 20, 2020 – Education Week
Too often, teachers are asked to use SEL practices without enough training and ongoing support, tanking the effectiveness.
April 8, 2020 – Education Week
Student-teachers are grappling with uncertainty over housing, graduation requirements, and their ability to meet requirements for the edTPA licensing test.
March 25, 2020 – Education Week
Despite being rebuked by Congress in its bid to do so last year, the U.S. Department of Education says it will use Education Innovation and Research funds for teacher professional development vouchers.
March 18, 2020 – Education Week
When districts provide limited resources for professional growth, teachers in high-needs schools often lose out.
March 4, 2020 – Education Week
Schools can't even afford to hire enough teachers, so why are we surprised that teachers are turning to a website for resources? asks Kat Tipton.
February 28, 2020 – Education Week
Many researchers have given up on teacher professional development as a way to raise student test scores, but two approaches have been yielding good results, writes Heather C. Hill.
February 24, 2020 – Education Week

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