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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.

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Overview

Growing Great Teachers

Just as professionals in medicine, architecture, and law have opportunities to learn through participating in internships and learning best practices, exemplary teacher-preparation programs allow teacher candidates the time to spend in classrooms with experienced mentors. Watch an introduction video.

Importance

Why is Teacher Development Important?

Students deserve the best. Teacher-preparation programs provide educators-to-be with the tools, mentors, and hands-on experience they'll need once they begin their career. See about a career in teaching.

Three teachers in discussion reviewing papers Research

Research Review: Teacher Development and Leadership

The human touch is the most valuable element in education. Teachers, administrators, and parents play critical roles in coaching and guiding students through the learning process, nurturing students' interest and confidence as learners. Dig deeper.

Programs

Innovative Exemplars

Teacher-preparation programs are responding to the increasingly complex needs of new teachers, and we profile ten of the most innovative exemplars. Learn more.

Discuss

The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher

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Student Surveys: Using Student Voice to Improve Teaching and Learning

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Core Strategies for Innovation and Reform in Learning

Last comment 4 weeks 7 hours ago
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The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher

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Using Apple Teacher for Professional Development

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 10:00
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Creativity: A Choice, a Gift, and a Mission

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 15:00
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A teenage girl is sitting down, painting a city landscape on a canvas being held by an easel.
Article

Developing Voices: Students Are Your Allies

Honoring student voice is really about empowering students -- and is really a question of how much power adults are willing to give up.

1 777 2,110 views
Two adult women are standing in a classroom with tablets in their hands. One of them is holding up their tablet, and both women are looking at it.
Article

A PD Story: Bringing 1:1 Technology to Our District

A district-wide 1:1 roll-out involves aligning PD and program goals, rethinking human resources, personalizing the PD program, and evaluating PD efforts to meet developing needs.

2 922 7,973 views
A teacher is writing on a piece of paper against the wall. The word "Ideas" is written on the wall. Pieces of paper with questions like, "How would you define open education?" surround the word "Ideas," and people's responses are written on them.
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What the Heck Is OER?

If you don't already, get to know the sheer volume of free online resources out there available to teachers.

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Two women are standing in a room, talking to each other. Other adults and standing and talking in the background.
Article

Effective Team Communication: A First Step to Getting Along

Teacher teams can take a big step toward effective communication by naming what they want to hear and see in group conversations and what they don't want to hear and see.

2 2,645 14,539 views
Two teachers are talking to each other out in the hallway.
Article

How Do You Bounce Back from Setbacks?

Check out these ideas and tools for bouncing back and building resilience that are useful for both adults and children.

1 1,587 3,752 views
A group of young elementary students are sitting in an oval on their classroom floor on a blue circular rug with a colorful border.
Article

Substitutes and Diverse Learners: How to Prepare

When creating a plan for substitutes, include the expectations and routines of daily classroom life, as well as how to meet the special needs of diverse learners.

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A group of students are sitting at their desks in class, listening to their teacher speak.
Article

Creative Ways to Grade and Provide Feedback for Students

Students need feedback often and creating a system by rubber stamping work can provide visible and immediate proof of student progress.

7 2,844 59,796 views

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Seven students are walking into a classroom, setting their stuff down at tables.
Article

Classroom Redesign: Students Take On the Challenge

In education, we talk a lot about differentiating our lessons, but choice and arrangement of seating can also have a positive influence on learning.

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Article

5 Eclectic Book Recommendations for Winter Break

What books are looking forward to reading this winter break? You might like to add one of these to your list.

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Article

Individualized Technology Goals (ITGs) for Teachers: A Fable of the Staff Development with No Clothes

The best way for raising teachers' technology abilities is through a coordinated, district-wide, individualized training program -- because effective staff development is personal.

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Article

School Leaders: Tips for Coaching Your Super Teachers

School leaders and administrators: Check out these suggestions for supporting growth and development in the teachers you lead.

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Article

The Risks of Guesstimating Homework Time

Studies show that homework is ineffective beyond a certain amount per night.

7,871 25,091 views
A short-haired, blond female teacher in a pink shirt and black blouse is sitting next to a brunette teenager girl, helping her study.
Article

Getting Curious (Not Furious) With Students

When teachers get curious instead of furious, they don't take the student's behavior personally, and they don't act on anger. They respond to student behaviors rather than react to them.

8 4,875 25,091 views
A female teacher is sitting at a desk, looking up and smiling. She's holding a pen in one hand, and stacks of paper and folders are in front of her. She's wearing glasses, big, pearl-like earrings, a turquoise necklace, and a lanyard.
Article

Rediscovering Your Fulfillment as a Teacher

If you're committed to a more joyful teaching practice, commit to playfulness, positivity, being present, and embodying the attitude that you want to project.

8 200 24,856 views

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Blog

Teacher Development Is Key to Closing the Achievement Gap

Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) defines four key practices for sustained student achievement.

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