Professional Development

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

Technology coach Danielle Johnson assists a student with his computer during her daily rounds on campus at Barbara Bush Middle School in Irving, Texas.
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To Improve Teachers' Use of Technology, Schools Try Hiring Coaches

Under a $6.5 million, Google-funded initiative, technology coaches and teachers work together to make classes more creative and collaborative. (October 3, 2018)

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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.

Special Collection

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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Here are eight concrete ideas from principals and other experts that school leaders can use to make their evaluations and observations of teachers meaningful, actionable, and low-stress.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week
Equipping teachers to help transgender students feel safe and included requires special training, advocates say.
September 18, 2019 – Education Week
Teachers have been encouraged to bring more primary sources into the classroom, but doing so presents a challenge when the voices of Native Americans and other historically marginalized groups are so often missing from these documents.
August 28, 2019 – Education Week
From budgeting on a shoestring to breaking down information silos to guarding against breaches, five school district tech leaders discuss their biggest worries.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
There’s broad agreement among teachers that professional development very often misses the mark. But by listening to teachers and taking a hard, periodic look, schools can work toward a system that’s both manageable and meaningful.
May 15, 2019 – Education Week
Teachers say that training sessions too often don’t respect their experience, expertise, or time.
May 15, 2019 – Education Week
Teachers and professional development providers weigh in on three frustrating PD practices and how to change them.
May 15, 2019 – Education Week
When a lesson falls flat, it can be tough to recover and move on. Teachers say they’d like training in how to do so.
May 15, 2019 – Education Week
The biggest impediment to professional change might just be what you already know.
May 15, 2019 – Education Week
Implicit-bias training goes further than asking teachers to understand their students’ backgrounds. It asks teachers to look at themselves.
May 15, 2019 – Education Week

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