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Rethinking Professional Development

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ipad_use-150x150In too many schools, teacher professional development consists mainly of large group workshops without any follow-through or support—which leads to very little change in instructional practices. But that’s not how it has to be.

A growing number of school systems are embracing new models of professional development that incorporate online and blended learning, social media, video, and other dynamic tools—transforming PD into more personalized, ongoing, and on-demand programs that foster continuous growth and improvement.

With the generous support of TechSmith, we’ve assembled this collection of stories and resources to help you make this change happen in your own schools.

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Using online communities of practice for continuous improvement

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Today’s smart educator needs to become better connected to resources, tools, learning activities, and peers—both inside and outside school. The growth of online communities of practice (CoPs)—often a…

5 fresh ways to keep professional development engaging

Joe Dixon

Teachers operate in complex and lively environments where success depends on their ability to be creative and flexible. As a result, sustainable and meaningful professional development (PD) needs…

Contemporary online PD for educators

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Educators looking for a unique professional development (PD) experience that relates textbook curriculum to real-world events and current issues now have a new, free online opportunity thanks to…

A more social form of professional development

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The state of Utah has adopted an innovative online platform for its 25,000 teachers that reinvents the notion of how professional development is experienced.

The platform, called…

How to have more meaningful iPad professional development

How to have more meaningful iPad professional development

Often, the substantial investments schools make in purchasing iPads are woefully out of balance with the minimal investments they make in preparing teachers to use these new tools…

Study seeks more effective teacher development

Study seeks more effective teacher development

As the nation pushes to improve the quality of its public school teachers, it’s pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into teacher development with little way to measure…

How to build a Professional Learning Network

How to build a Professional Learning Network

Professional Learning Networks give users instant access to thousands of their peers who can answer questions and share ideas—and now a free online course shows educators how they…

Video becoming a key tool in teacher training, evaluation

Video becoming a key tool in teacher training, evaluation

As teacher training and evaluation take a front seat in the nation’s education reform agenda, a growing number of schools are integrating video into the process.…

Seven standards for effective professional development

Seven standards for effective professional development

Terms like “work collaboratively,” “share what you know,” and “problem-solve as a team” are commonly associated with the kinds of 21st-century skills that most people agree today’s students…

Additional Resources

Professional development is broken. We’ll help you fix it.

Video-based instruction gives you self-paced PD on topics teachers want. They can watch videos at their convenience, even from home, and can apply new skills right away. Here are several resources to help you with video-based PD.


Three resources to build your personal learning network

Personal Learning Networks are becoming a popular way to learn from other educators. But how do you get started in creating a personal learning network, or PLN? Here are three resources that educators are using to build PLNs.


How ‘flipping’ its PD helped Stillwater Area Public Schools better connect with teachers

Stillwater officials created a library of videos for teachers to watch when they needed a quick refresher on how to use a particular program. The result has been more effective professional development: 82 percent of teachers prefer this “flipped” model for learning skills, and 69 percent said it has enhanced their professional growth.


Digital Learning Toolkit

This Pinterest collection from TechSmith contains resource boards on Professional Development, Flipped and Blended Learning, Classroom Ideas, and many other topics.


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