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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.

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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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The Power of Vulnerability in Professional Development

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

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Teachers, Students, and the Hero's Journey

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Article

Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing

Check out these useful suggestions for teachers when sitting down with parents.

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How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

Check out these questions to guide you in reflecting on how much the learning environment you have designed promotes student voice and choice.

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What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning?

In project-based learning, students show what they learn as they journey through the unit, interact with its lessons, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other.

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How Strong is Your PD Kung Fu?

Consider PD sessions as opportunities to build your toolkit, focus on topics critical to your needs, and use these events to network as well as learn.

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What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher

The first year of teaching is incredibly challenging for most. New teachers are overwhelmed by all the daily decisions and feelings of being overloaded. This will get better.

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Reimagining Classroom Walkthroughs

An online form could clarify and streamline classroom walkthroughs by focusing on a summary, specific and targeted feedback, teacher reflection/action plans, and adding multimedia.

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Redesigning My Classroom Environment

Mixing up the types of seating in a classroom can engage different learners and allow students to select various positions depending on exhaustion level, needs of an assignment, or their need for simply a new view.

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Article

Failure Is Essential to Learning

To help these kids make the kinds of gains they need to master the Common Core, students must learn to receive feedback and also how to use it to improve.

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Public Education Faces a Crisis in Teacher Retention

Nearly half of all new teachers leave the job within five years. What's killing their spirit? How can we get them to stay?

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Teacher Development Research Review: Annotated Bibliography

Teacher Development Research Table of Contents: Introduction

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Shanghai's Improvement Plan for Schools (Education Everywhere Series)

In Shanghai, China, every low-performing school is assigned a team of master teachers and administrators to provide weekly guidance and mentorship.

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Shifting Mental Models in Educators

When we recognize a mental model surfacing that doesn't seem to be of service, either in ourselves or in another, here are some approaches for shifting it.

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Reimagining Classroom Walkthroughs

An online form could clarify and streamline classroom walkthroughs by focusing on a summary, specific and targeted feedback, teacher reflection/action plans, and adding multimedia.

10 778 16,745 views
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3 Book Suggestions for Collegial Conversations

Reading together inspires thinking together -- and sets the stage for action as we look for opportunities to put ideas into practice.

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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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