Fascinating Moments in the History of Professional Learning and Technology
The training of teachers has a long and storied history in America. While earlier efforts were a far cry from today's education programs — not to mention PLCs, online just-in-time learning and cycles of continuous improvement — efforts to help teachers grow in classroom practice predate the Declaration of Independence.
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.Continue Reading
Quiz: The Price of Teacher Attrition
It’s no secret that America has been in the throes of a teacher shortage, and that it doesn’t look likely to change soon. But with the high cost of teacher turnover, district leaders can’t afford to sit back and watch the teacher pipeline leak.
Curriculum & Instruction: A 30,000 Foot View
It’s so important to understand the people you serve. Any good boss knows the needs of his employees. An excellent coach knows what motivates her team members. Teachers know what gifts and needs their students bring to the classroom. But it can also be helpful to hear about the experiences of counterparts — those who hold the same position you do — in other districts.Continue Reading
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5 Tips for Using Video as a Professional Learning Tool for Teachers
You know that feeling you get when you hear yourself on tape, or see yourself on video? Is that really what I sound like? Do I really look like that?Continue Reading
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Why Include Student Voice in Professional Development?
Let me tell you what I got for Christmas. It was a banner year for me, at least in terms of what lay inside that shiny package I ripped open. There, inside a long, thin, triangular box, was a brand new, heavy, matte black, metal, 0.5mm rOtring mechanical pencil. Alongside it came a gorgeous leather cover for my beloved Field Notes.Continue Reading
7 Things You Should Know About Micro-credentials
Micro-credentials are picking up steam in the professional learning world. From what you’ve heard, you might think of them as merely a series of badges learners can earn (more on that later). But there is far more to micro-credentials than that.Continue Reading
Get a Scholarship to the Learning Forward Academy — Here’s How to Apply
Are you passionate about supporting and leading professional learning within your organization? If so, you may be familiar with the Learning Forward Academy — a rich blended learning experience immersing participants in inquiry- and problem-based learning.Continue Reading
3 Ways Evaluating Your Classified Staff Can Make a Positive Difference in Your School (and Where to Start)
It was always cold when I walked to the bus stop, at least in my memory. Down the hill to the corner store, fumbling with a cassette for my Walkman, lugging a far-too-heavy backpack. Every day of the school year, Ms. Nuse was the first school employee I’d see, and at the end of the day, the last one, too. She was no nonsense, but kind. She drove bus 23.Continue Reading
Are Teacher Evaluations Worth It?
Dr. James Stronge on the Gates Foundation’s Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative.Continue Reading
What Stood Out at Learning Forward 2018
Earlier this month, thousands of educators, school leaders, C&I and professional learning department heads and others descended on the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Dallas for the year’s premiere professional learning event: the annual Learning Forward conference.Continue Reading