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Professional Development

Educators must always hone their craft. Discover the many formal, informal, ongoing, and job-embedded professional-development programs keeping teachers at the top of their game.

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Should Students Have a Role in Professional Development?

Check out these real-life examples of students playing an active role in their teachers' professional learning.

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Using Pre-Needs Assessment for Effective PD

Personalize your PD by using tools like Google Forms, Padlet, and Nearpod to learn what teachers already know and what they need to know.

Becoming a Listening Educator

The four traits of a listening educator are a willingness to slow down, genuine curiosity, attention to non-verbal cues, and self-awareness and empathy.

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

Why wait for formal environments, when there are so many opportunities to learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.

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Summer Professional Development: Play!

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What is the Ideal Back-To-School, In-House Professional Development?

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The Connected Educator: It Begins with Collaboration

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10 Free Apps and Tools for Starting Out (and Staying) Organized

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Teacher, Do You Have a Business Card?

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Open Space Technology: Decision by Inclusion

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Reconnecting Adults With Playful Learning

Creativity and self-expression are the keys to helping adults understand how playful learning can enrich the experience of the children in their world.

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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review: Avoiding Pitfalls

Avoid these common mistakes so you can help ensure a comprehensive assessment process that is effective for both you and your students.

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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review: Annotated Bibliography

Find research supporting comprehensive assessment in this annotated bibliography.

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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review: Motivating Students

Helping students develop a growth mindset and nurturing grit are two important aspects of keeping students motivated to learn more and improve.

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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review: Providing Feedback

Discover research-based strategies for providing valuable, actionable feedback throughout the learning process.

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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review: Setting Goals

An important first step in effective comprehensive assessment is to set challenging, meaningful learning goals with multifaceted criteria for success.

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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review

Discover the key comprehensive assessment practices that have been shown by extensive research to promote learning.

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Managing Conflict in School Leadership Teams

There's healthy and unhealthy conflict. Most of us are familiar with the unhealthy kind, but what does healthy conflict look and sound like? Check out these suggestions for school teams in addressing conflict.

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Edutopia's Top 10 for 2014

By the numbers, our community was all about tips and strategies in 2014, even as members' thoughtful, passionate conversations exploded across our social media channels.

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Developing Teachers' Social and Emotional Skills

Social and emotional competencies help teachers avoid burnout and increase well-being. By identifying our internal drivers, we use our emotional intelligence to improve our craft.

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5-Minute Film Festival: Best Kickoff Videos

VideoAmy has collected a playlist of brief, compelling videos about education that can be used to start meetings with a bang and get everyone from parents to teachers engaged.

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How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PLN

Edutopia's Betty Ray on how to get started using Twitter to expand your personal learning network.

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Teacher Development: Starter Kit for Teaching Online

Expert advice on shifting from brick and mortar to bytes and bits.

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5 Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs invites new teachers to consider the meaning of Connected Educator Month and how connecting will help them succeed this year and beyond. (Updated 10/2013)

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