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How to Engage and Motivate Teachers & Staff During COVID-19
In this article, two colleagues — one with an HR background, one from the world of professional development — consider how to motivate and engage employees through two different lenses.
A Collaborative Game Plan for Student Equity
What happens when teachers work to ensure their students’ success but that success remains elusive? Frustration. I hear frustration from teachers when they feel they are not meeting the needs of their students. Teachers care deeply.Continue Reading
Quiz: Test Your PD Needs Assessments Knowledge
Tryouts for the PD Needs Assessment team are here. Have you had a chance to read the play-by-play? Check it out for tips that will help you create and conduct an effective needs assessment at your organization (and make the team!).
How to Make Online Professional Learning Successful
Implementing professional learning programs to meet the needs of all teachers and staff has always been challenging. Over the past few months, a monumental shift has thrust many schools and districts into what feels like a tailspin: “We have to put together online personalized content using new resources and tools — as quickly as possible!”Continue Reading
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Human Capital Management
With more than half of teachers leaving the profession in their first five years and a diminishing supply of teachers entering the profession at all, education leaders across the US are forced to focus not only on recruitment but also on retention.Continue Reading
Infographic: How to Gauge the Impact of Your Professional Learning Program
Most schools dedicate a good deal of time and money to professional learning for teachers and staff. But not all schools can confidently say that all that time and money makes a difference where it counts: in the classroom. So, how do you gauge the impact of your program? This infographic explores the process.Continue Reading
5 Ways Video Can Transform Classroom Instruction
Educators often look at a new technology and wonder how it will support ongoing improvement in teaching practice. Will it be cost effective and easy to use? Early attempts to harness video weren’t always successful because, frankly, videos were hard to share in a useful context. But today, advanced video tools (such as, well, your phone) make it possible to use this medium to benefit classroom instruction in a meaningful way. Using video to support ongoing improvement for teachers is easier than it has ever been.Continue Reading
Are Teacher Evaluations and a Growth Mindset Mutually Exclusive?
During a webinar we hosted about cultivating a growth mindset for teachers and staff, one attendee asked a fantastic question: Wouldn’t the process of giving feedback, which is, really, criticizing through performance evaluation processes, conflict with the promotion of a growth mindset? Given what is known about the negative effects of performance evaluation, could it be claimed that these hierarchical and outdated management practices may in fact promote a fixed mindset in adults?Continue Reading
Seven Deadly Sins in Professional Learning
If engaging, collaborative, relevant-to-classroom-needs learning opportunities represent the best of what professional learning can do for teacher growth, there’s also a flip side. Everyone decries those stay-for-two-hours-after-school-and-sit-in-a-large-room-and-passively-listen workshops.Continue Reading
4 Resources to Build General Educators’ Understanding of Special Education
Special education leaders are in a unique position to accomplish good for their students, given their specialized training, talents and well-earned knowledge. They also have the unique ability to improve students’ experiences in general education.Continue Reading