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.
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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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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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A new survey of districts and charter groups shows expansion of school-based leader roles, but not enough responsibility to go with them.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
New international studies highlight the role of embedded professional-learning programs in school improvement.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
With his co-authors, Doug Lemov seeks to blend best practice and research in a new book on teaching reading in a common-core era.
January 20, 2016 – Education Week
The Education for Justice program, taken by select TFA candidates during their senior year of college, is based on feedback from principals, parents, and teacher educators.
January 20, 2016 – Education Week
A number of TFA's regions are experimenting with strategies for extending corps members' tenure in teaching beyond two years.
January 20, 2016 – Education Week
Educators who submit winning proposals for ed-tech ideas are being rewarded with first access to new technologies in some school districts.
January 13, 2016 – Education Week
While many educators hailed the fifth National Education Technology Plan as a compelling statement of what's possible, attempts to make the vision a reality face big hurdles.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
As big districts like New York and Chicago gear up to teach computer science, the coding lessons are already going full tilt in Avondale, Ariz., schools.
December 9, 2015 – Education Week
December 2, 2015 – Education Week
Ask five teachers what formative assessment is and you're likely to get five different definitions.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week

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