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Teacher Development

High-quality teaching is vital for student success. Explore elements of effective professional development and leadership critical for growing and supporting great teachers.

  • Nurturing a Classroom Community During Distance Learning

    Strategies like using a variety of groupings and having students meet each other during online office hours can help build strong relationships.
    Kristien Zenkov
  • 6 Ways to be an Antiracist Educator

    Educator Dena Simmons on engaging in antiracist work in the classroom.
  • 3 Ways Administrators Can Nurture Teacher Growth

    Adults thrive in work environments characterized by autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Here’s how administrators can cultivate those qualities in their schools.
  • The Power of Being Seen

    How well do you know your students? In a Nevada school, a simple strategy pushes teachers to look beyond the lessons.
  • Homework: How Much Is Too Much?

    Homework has benefits, but the research is clear: there are real consequences to assigning too much.
  • Making Sure Each Child Is Known

    A middle school in Nevada uses a simple strategy to build deeper connections between teachers and students.
  • 11 Questions You’ll Be Asked at a Teaching Interview

    Commonly asked interview questions you can anticipate—plus tips and links to resources you can tap as you polish your answers.
  • Why Teachers of Color Matter for Students of Color to Succeed

    Research shows that having a teacher of color can help students of color reach better outcomes; but the benefits extend to all young people, preparing them to live and work in an increasingly diverse society.
  • For Teachers: Summer Reading During Turbulent Times

    Influenced by the pandemic and social unrest, two teachers recommend books to read this summer on topics like wrestling with loss, addressing inequity, and recharging for the school year ahead.
  • Revising Your Teaching Philosophy for This Crisis

    For many teachers, their statement of teaching beliefs no longer matches their work. Revisiting and simplifying it can help chart a path forward.
  • Unraveling the Myths Around Reading and Dyslexia

    Teachers are seeking new training to understand the brain science around dyslexia, the most commonly reported disability among children.
  • How White Educators Can Approach Antiracist Work

    Striving to understand the origins of the concept of race and the effects of implicit biases are good initial steps.
  • Making Time for Reflective Practice

    Jotting down short notes after every lesson helps teachers contemplate what worked, what didn’t, and how to improve their skills.
  • 6 Tips for Mentoring New Teachers During Distance Learning

    Experienced teachers typically mentor novices by observing their classes and meeting regularly. That can still happen as both teachers work from home.

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