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Professional Learning

Discover formal and informal professional learning programs and practices that will keep you at the top of your teaching game. Just entering the profession? Download 120 practical tips from our community of experienced educators.

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  • Making Space for Students in PLCs

    Professional learning communities can be very effective when they include feedback from students on their experiences in school.
    Kathy Collier
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  • 3 Habits of Highly Effective Teacher Teams

    When time is of the essence—and the goal is to drive deeper student learning—here are three ways to keep teacher teams focused and productive.
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  • Sharing Resources With Your School Community and Beyond

    By creating helpful digital resources, teachers can forge strong bonds of trust with students, parents, and colleagues both near and far.
  • 4 Steps to Build Schoolwide Capacity in the Science of Learning

    The science of learning encompasses findings in several fields, and these steps help demystify it and encourage gradual adoption—one strategy at a time.
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  • Candidate interviewing for a job in an office

    11 Questions You’ll Be Asked at a Teaching Interview

    Commonly asked interview questions you can anticipate—plus tips and links to resources you can tap as you polish your answers.
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  • 6 Museums With Exceptional Teacher Resources

    From full-fledged lesson plans and virtual field trips to expansive digital archives and opportunities for professional learning, museums have so much to offer beyond the in-person experience.
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  • 60-Second Strategy: Stand-Up Meetings

    Having staff stand for meetings keeps them quick—15 minutes, max—and efficient.
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  • How School Leaders Can Support Effective Professional Development

    A professional development specialist and a principal describe how they work together to ensure that PD is meaningful.
  • Mentoring the Mentor

    Experienced teachers can be wonderful mentors for novices, but it’s important to also give them support when they need it.
    377
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    The Power of Being Seen

    How well do you know your students? In a Nevada school, a simple strategy pushes teachers to look beyond the lessons.
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  • Making Sure Each Child Is Known

    A middle school in Nevada uses a simple strategy to build deeper connections between teachers and students.
    63k
  • A Teacher Appreciation Week for the Ages

    When schools abruptly closed due to Covid-19, teachers figured out how to make remote learning work. This week, as the nation expresses its gratitude, we recap the emotional journey.
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  • 4 Essential Guidelines for Mentors

    An experienced mentor trainer shares key components of mentoring that lead to a successful partnership.
    383
  • Group of teachers meet in a classroom

    Building a Culture that Respects Teachers and Reduces Stress

    When teachers are given time to work closely with other teachers, and have achievable goals—school culture thrives.
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  • The Research on Life-Changing Teaching

    What really moves the needle for educators, and by extension their students?
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