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How to make elementary teachers stronger in STEM
How to make elementary teachers stronger in STEM

It's no secret elementary teachers are often weakest in STEM. A targeted PD program out of one university may help, according to these school leaders.


Using online communities of practice for continuous improvement
Using online communities of practice for continuous improvement

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 chief component…


5 fresh ways to keep professional development engaging
5 fresh ways to keep professional development engaging

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 to move…


Contemporary online PD for educators
Contemporary online PD for educators

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 the Smithsonian.…


A more social form of professional development
A more social form of professional development

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 Teaching Channel Teams,…


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 effectively.


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 the results.…


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 can create…


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

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 should learn—but…