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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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  • The Just-Right Mentoring Balance

    In the mentor-mentee relationship, a balance between strong support and high challenge can help the novice teacher flourish.
    Amie Weinberg
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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.
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    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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  • 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
  • 60-Second Strategy: Stand-Up Meetings

    Having staff stand for meetings keeps them quick—15 minutes, max—and efficient.
    93.9k
  • 13 Educator-Approved Podcasts to Listen to This Year

    Our readers share with us some of their favorite podcasts on teaching, work-life balance, and well-being.
    1.6k
  • 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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  • Making Sure Each Child Is Known

    A middle school in Nevada uses a simple strategy to build deeper connections between teachers and students.
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  • 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
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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.
    67.8k
  • 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
  • Teachers Need More Relevant PD Options

    School leaders can set up professional development that takes teachers’ diverse needs into account and empowers them to support students.
    534
  • 6 Must-Watch TEDx Talks to Kick Off the School Year

    In less than 20 minutes each, these six brilliant TEDx Talks explore topics like chronic exhaustion, cultural identity, and emotional intelligence, among others.
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  • Learning Walks: Structured Observation for Teachers

    Brief visits to several classrooms give teachers a chance to reflect on a variety of practices.
    38.9k
  • 6 Tips for Setting Up Virtual Professional Learning Sessions

    Virtual gatherings for professional learning are convenient and likely to continue, but they should be designed differently than in-person gatherings.
    427

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