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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.

  • Teacher having zoom meeting with co-workers

    How to Help Teachers Learn New Technology

    Created by and for teachers, one school created an effective approach for technology professional development.
    Nicole Rossi-Mumpower
    807
  • Teacher instructing students remotely sitting at her desk in her classroom

    PD That Helps Teachers Improve the Quality of Their Video Instruction

    Tips for planning professional development that supports teachers’ growing skills in using video to enhance students’ learning.
    3.3k
  • An illustration of a group of adults collaborating on piecing together a gold star

    Staff Meetings Get a Needed Makeover During the Pandemic

    Educators across the country share their insights on how the pandemic has forced them to change staff meetings—for the better.
    1k
  • Learning Walks: Structured Observation for Teachers

    Brief visits to several classrooms give teachers a chance to reflect on a variety of practices.
    38.8k
  • A Mentoring Strategy for Preservice Teachers

    A Mentoring Strategy for Preservice Teachers

    Teacher candidates at the University of Wyoming Lab School co-teach with veterans to learn about planning, instruction, and assessment.
    14.3k
  • Using Video for Professional Development

    Using Video for Professional Development

    When teachers film themselves in the classroom, it helps them reflect on and improve their teaching practice.
    11.2k
  • 15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

    A teacher reflects on our changing society and how change informs what teaching is like today.
    28.1k
  • Two teachers talking and walking down a school hallway

    Planning for Better Professional Development in an Uncertain Future

    Teachers will be operating in a different world next year, and administrators are thinking now about how best to support them.
    2.3k
  • Standing on a boat overlooking a sea of ice

    Travel Grants and Fellowships for Educators

    Money is available to help fund teachers’ professional trips. Here are some resources to help you find and apply for grants and fellowships.
    14.4k
  • Three groups of four to five teachers are sitting at tables in a classroom talking to each other, looking at their laptops, and writing on paper.

    Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

    PD could be more effective if we differentiated it by gauging teachers' readiness, utilizing their interests, involving them in the process, and providing continual assessment opportunities.
    18.1k
  • Woman sitting with two girls holding a small piece of paper with other cards in stacks on the table

    Student-Centered Learning: It Starts With the Teacher

    Teachers encourage student-centered learning by allowing students to share in decisions, believing in their capacity to lead, and remembering how it feels to learn.
    20.9k
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools: Integrating Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

    The Big Picture: Integrating SEL Across a District

    The 168 schools in the Nashville district collaborate to bolster school culture and instruction with social and emotional learning.
    9.1k
  • Three women have a meeting

    Increasing Teachers’ Effectiveness—Without Causing Burnout

    An elementary school principal explains how he prioritized professional development for teachers by embedding it in the master schedule.
    1.5k
  • The Flock: Supporting Teachers Through Peer Feedback

    No Teacher Is an Island

    Working in small teams, high school teachers offer each other support and feedback for improving in their work.
    7.5k

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