Districts Benefit from Professional Development Schools in More Ways Than One
A few years ago Dr. George Fiore, superintendent of Kutztown Area School District in Pennsylvania, got together with a few of his colleagues — a handful of superintendents from neighboring districts. They looked around at the education landscape and, like most of the country, saw far fewer college graduates intent on teaching.
Are Teacher Evaluations Worth It?
Dr. James Stronge on the Gates Foundation’s Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative.Continue Reading
11 Ways to Get Teacher Buy-in to Micro-credentials
Micro-credentials have been making waves in schools around the country for several years now. Maybe you’ve had the opportunity to earn them, or see them implemented into professional learning programs.
5 Stories That Give Thanksgiving Extra Meaning This Year
I have always loved Thanksgiving. Spending time with family I haven’t seen all year, smells from the kitchen gradually filling the house, the crackle of dry leaves underfoot… what’s not to love?Continue Reading
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Dr. Jim Knight: Videotaping Lessons as Professional Development for Teachers
Dr. Jim Knight is widely known in the world of instructional coaching. He is president of the Instructional Coaching Group, and author of such books as The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching and High-Impact Instruction: A Framework for Great Teaching.Continue Reading
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Podcast: Collaborative Teams & How We See the World
On our latest episode of Field Trip, the podcast where we share real stories from the front lines of K-12, we hosted Dr. Ellie Drago-Severson, Program Director, and Professor of Education Leadership and Adult Learning & Leadership at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and her doctoral student, Christy Joswick-O’Connor, a PhD student in Education Leadership at Teachers College and school administrator in New Jersey.Continue Reading
Professional Development for Principals
When you talk about employee evaluations in K-12, the first thing most people think is “teachers.” That’s true at Franklin Public Schools in Wisconsin, too. But as they work to build the capacity of teachers in the district, they also place a strong emphasis on developing principals — especially on equipping them to be strong instructional leaders.Continue Reading
Podcast: Special Education Software Companies as District Partners
Does the road to choosing successful ed-tech seem bumpier for special education programs than it does for other areas of K-12? If yes, is that only because of state compliance regulations? Or is it something else?Continue Reading
Teacher Absences & Subs
Recovery & Innovation After Disaster: Livingston Parish’s Story
In August 2016, the town of Livingston was hit with severe flooding. Within 24 hours, the district received 33 inches of rain, leading to floods ranging from two inches to nine feet. Repairing the damage to the 17 flooded schools was estimated to cost up to $350 million, 90 percent of which would be covered by FEMA. However, Livingston Parish was still responsible for funding for the remaining ten percent — a difficult mandate for a district with an annual budget of about $250 million.Continue Reading
6 Questions to Ask About New Professional Learning Opportunities
Each day, nearly 12,000 students walk into classrooms at Jenks Public Schools. Sitting just south of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the district places a strong emphasis on academic performance — a focus that stems from serving students for more than a century.Continue Reading
Teacher Absences & Subs
Podcast: Employee Wellness at Emporia Public Schools
Employee wellness programs aren’t just for corporate America anymore. In Emporia Public Schools, former Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Andy Koenigs led the charge to create an incredibly successful wellness initiative from scratch.Continue Reading