Professional Development

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Technology coach Danielle Johnson assists a student with his computer during her daily rounds on campus at Barbara Bush Middle School in Irving, Texas.
—Brandon Thibodeaux for Education Week

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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How does ESSA define professional development, what conditions encourage effective teacher training, and how are districts supporting professional development for early-childhood educators?

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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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Emily Moyes reflects on how working with a trusted PLC and instructional coach has helped her become a better teacher.
June 13, 2018 – Education Week
To establish a culture of continuous improvement, teachers need the space to be vulnerable, explains assistant principal Maggie Norris.
June 13, 2018 – Education Week
Teachers benefit from feedback and support that isn’t tied to professional evaluations, writes instructional coach Diane Caldwell.
June 13, 2018 – Education Week
A New York City effort aimed at preparing teachers to take learning outside the classroom and into the community may be leading to improvements in science achievement and teacher retention, according to some study results.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
Randi Weingarten and Stanley S. Litow explore how we can move past divisiveness on key education issues.
January 9, 2018 – Education Week
The bite-sized competencies are gaining ground as a PD tool. In Tennessee, they can also help teachers maintain their licenses.
December 6, 2017 – Teacher
When the professional development that teachers must take to renew their licenses is meaningful, teachers will stay in the profession and maintain a high level of job satisfaction, argues Brian Curtin, an Illinois English teacher.
December 6, 2017 – Teacher
Megan Allen is an award-winning, National Board-certified teacher. But when she crossed state lines, her teaching license didn't follow.
December 6, 2017 – Teacher
These mini-case studies examine three common struggles for personalized-learning schools: training teachers, differentiating instruction, and letting students work at their own pace.
November 8, 2017 – Education Week
An expanding Tennessee professional development program matches teachers based on their complementary strengths and weaknesses.
October 25, 2017 – Education Week

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