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Hello, can people share where they go for online education PD?

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

Are you looking for formal courses/ workshops or informal learning? I use Edutopia and Twitter for my informal learning (along with Kappan and the Journal of Staff Development). When I'm looking for something more official, I either look in-house where I work (Antioch University New England) or I go to one of the professional organizations I respect like the Coalition of Essential Schools or the School Reform Initiative.

Don Doehla, MA, NBCT's picture
Don Doehla, MA, NBCT
2015 California Language Teacher of the Year, Co-Director Berkeley WL Project at UC Berkeley Language Center

Hello Reid!

Like Laura, I use Edutopia and Twitter first, but I also use these great resources:

1) My 2 favorite websites (after, of course!):

a) ASCD:
- this is one of my favorite of all. As a member, I get EL Magazine monthly, smartbriefs by email, monthly newsletters, books, and on-line access to all archives. TONS of good info here.

b) Buck Institute for Education:
- BIE is about all things PBL (project-based learning). I am very keen on PBL because my students are. BIE offers support for teachers interested in PBL by providing several tools, planning guides, templates, and more. They also offer on-going professional development through their companion site, PBLU at

2) Blogs - There are lots of great blogs, but my 2 favorites are:

a) Teach Though: - Terry Heick is one of our bloggers at Edutopia, but in addition, he is the director of the Teach Though Blog. Terry helps us think about how digital learning is re-shaping education, with great tips to help us think outside the box.

b) Edudemic: - This is another great blog site about the integration of technology into the classroom learning space. I also appreciate their "Teacher Guide to..." series.

I wonder if we have hit the mark for you? Is this the kind of resource you are hoping to find? Do you need support for specific professional development support? Let us know, and we will help connect you to more. In the meantime, we can suggest this link to more resources right here on Edutopia:

Best wishes!


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