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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.

  • 6 Things to Consider When Planning Professional Development

    Simply asking teachers what they’d like to learn can go a long way toward making PD more valuable for your staff.
    Danielle Mancinelli
  • The Benefits of Differentiation in Professional Development

    Strategies like flipping instruction and providing opportunities for repeated practice work as well for adults as they do for students.
  • Helping Teachers Grow Through Instructional Coaching

    Finding the resources to hire instructional coaches can be tough, but they can play an essential role in spreading great practices throughout a school.
  • Learning Walks: Structured Observation for Teachers

    Brief visits to several classrooms give teachers a chance to reflect on a variety of practices.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Using Video for Professional Development

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

    A teacher reflects on our changing society and how change informs what teaching is like today.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Creating a Teacher-Driven Professional Development Program

    Teacher buy-in for a professional development program increases engagement and targets growth to their needs.
  • Supporting Teachers to Workshop Project Ideas

    A strong project-based learning culture is built by giving opportunities for teachers to get feedback and support on their project ideas.

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