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Professional Learning

Educators must always hone their craft. Discover the many formal and informal professional learning programs and practices keeping teachers at the top of their game.

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  • Belonging, Safety, and Trust: A Recipe for Better Professional Learning

    Professional learning that attends to teachers’ social and emotional needs helps to create a healthier school culture.
    Nina Portugal, Malia Tayabas-Kim
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    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.
    14.5k
  • Not Again! How to Keep From Overextending Yourself This Year

    Experts say it’s important to set clear limits and prioritize certain tasks early on in the school year to help prevent stress and burnout later.
    501
  • End-of-Year Conversations Solidify Teachers’ Learning

    With structured discussions, educators can share wisdom gained in a turbulent year—and be better prepared for the coming one.
    1.3k
  • 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.
  • 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.
    52.9k
  • The Advantages of Working With Student Teachers

    A 20-year veteran shares how opening his classroom to student teachers prompts him to keep reinvigorating his practice.
    2.1k
  • 60-Second Strategy: Stand-Up Meetings

    Having staff stand for meetings keeps them quick—15 minutes, max—and efficient.
    93.9k
  • 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.
    27.5k
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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.
    67.4k
  • Making Sure Each Child Is Known

    A middle school in Nevada uses a simple strategy to build deeper connections between teachers and students.
    62k
  • Using Cognitive Science to Boost Learning

    Especially now, after a difficult year, strategies rooted in the science of learning can help middle and high school students more effectively retain what they’re learning.
    635
  • Summer 2021 Reads for Teachers

    These aren’t exactly beach reads, but they’ll be useful when teachers want to reflect on the past year—and plan for the future.
    3.4k
  • Recognizing When It's Time for a Change

    From switching schools to pursuing new opportunities in the district, teachers can make changes to address their burnout, writes a teacher career coach.
    2.9k
  • Opening the Door to Professional Learning

    The pineapple chart is a way for teachers to invite colleagues into their room to observe lessons for meaningful and affirming collaboration.
    571

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