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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?
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.
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
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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
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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
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.Continue Reading
How to Create Effective Reports for Communicating Professional Development Program Evaluation Results
Wouldn’t it be great if we knew when our professional learning programs were successful? What if we knew more than just the fact that teachers liked the presenter, were comfortable in the room or learned something new?Continue Reading
5 Lessons for Creating Positive Change Through Coherent Teacher Evaluation
What Robla School District learned by upending their teacher evaluations and empowering teacher leaders.Continue Reading
Effective Strategies for Analyzing Professional Development Data: It’s Not As Hard As You Think!
I remember struggling through my college statistics class. Just the term “data analysis” made me cringe. After all, I was going to be a teacher, not a scientist! Now that I’ve spent years collecting and analyzing data I’ve learned, I don’t need to be a statistician to do professional development program evaluation.Continue Reading