Professional Development

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

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Can Teacher Residencies Help With Shortages?

Studies suggest the programs, though few in number, can help retain novice teachers and bring more teachers of color into classrooms. (May 9, 2017)

Spotlight on Professional Learning Communities

In this Spotlight, read about the challenges to collaborative PD, how video is helping teachers learn new skills, and how virtual learning communities are allowing educators to connect in new ways.

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02/15 09:55 am | How Systems Can Support High-Quality Curricula | System leaders and the system itself play a critical role in providing support and context for curriculum work.

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Tapping the Power of Online PD
Online tools like Twitter and Google+ are spawning new types of professional development opportunities that provide face-to-face interaction.

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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.

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Training the Hybrid Educator
This chat addressed the kinds of professional development available to hybrid educators, as well as the key factors they need to know to be successful in the classroom.

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Virtual PD Creates Connections
This special report in Education Week's series on virtual education, examines how K-12 professional development is taking a more digital approach to educator training.

Teacher PD in the Common-Core Era: A Special Report
This special report on professional development explores the juncture between the common core and growing efforts to reconfigure learning opportunities for teachers.

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Tailored student-centered approaches can improve student achievement and attainment, writes Nellie Mae Education Foundation president Nicholas C. Donohue.
September 7, 2016 – Education Week
Jennifer Casey says that adopting new digital tools for the classroom doesn't have be a huge time suck—and can help prepare students for the future.
August 17, 2016 – Teacher
The teachers' lounge isn't a place at all but a mentality that can creep up on educators unexpectedly and create a toxic school climate, writes Lauren Powell.
August 9, 2016 – Teacher
The need to equip students and teachers to understand issues that transcend national borders is increasingly urgent, writes Ariel Tichnor-Wagner.
August 3, 2016 – Teacher
The effort by the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning, which taps teachers of other subjects, produces more physics teachers a year than any preservice program in the country.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
While teacher absenteeism rates vary widely from state to state, they aren't out of line with other professions, according to an Education Week analysis.
June 27, 2016 – Education Week
Concerns about literacy and other shortfalls on the part of some child-care and preschool staff members renew calls for more training and support to boost worker qualifications.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
Supportive leadership and guidance from colleagues are critical new teachers' success today, writes veteran educator Cindi Rigsbee.
June 7, 2016 – Teacher
At Harwood Union High School, students are deeply involved in shaping school life—including teaching and learning practices.
June 2, 2016 – Education Week
The new nonprofit, known as UnboundEd, is offering teachers free common-core-aligned curricular materials and paid professional development.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week

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