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.
- Brief visits to several classrooms give teachers a chance to reflect on a variety of practices.
- When teachers film themselves in the classroom, it helps them reflect on and improve their teaching practice.
- Teacher candidates at the University of Wyoming Lab School co-teach with veterans to learn about planning, instruction, and assessment.
- Educators can provide valuable professional development by opening up their classrooms to their peers.
- The 168 schools in the Nashville district collaborate to bolster school culture and instruction with social and emotional learning.
- 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.
- Working in small teams, high school teachers offer each other support and feedback for improving in their work.
- Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz addresses teacher burnout with suggestions for both educators and administrators. Her tips include an ongoing attitude of professional development, including all stakeholders when things change, and maintaining a personal life.