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7 steps to creating PLCs teachers want to use

At my district, the MSD of Wayne Township in Indianapolis, we have found that changing the way we think about teacher training not only benefits staff developers and administrators, but schools, the district as a whole, teachers, and ultimately students. A critical part of our revitalized PD plan has been the use of professional learning communities (PLCs), which are essentially groups of educators that work collaboratively and share ideas, often in an online format. Benefits of PLCs One of the first reasons many schools and districts begin thinking about online professional development is to save time and money. As we increase the...

Professional Development (PD)
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The when, why and how of PD for iPads

ipad-pdType “professional development for teachers” into any search engine and numerous results fill the computer screen. Type in “professional development for iPads” and the results are more narrow…

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A tool in hand is worth… nothing without proper PD

Imagine what would happen if hospital leaders announced to surgeons late on a Friday afternoon that when they came to work on Monday they would no longer be…

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10 ways to revolutionize PD for the digital age

Odigital-pdver the past 6-8 years we have seen a supersonic advancement in public schools and the way our teachers now must teach. This has hit education like a…

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Amplify launches personalized PD service

A new professional development (PD) system from Amplify aims to personalize PD for educators using smart technology. Professional Learning Maps will break from the one-size-fits-all approach offered by most…

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ED proposes more transparency in teacher prep

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing regulations, including more transparency and real-time feedback, to help ensure teacher training programs are preparing educators who are ready to succeed…

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Chicago expands instructional services for educators

Teachscape has been selected by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) as an approved provider of instructional services aligned to the district’s REACH Framework for Teaching. By using Teachscape Focus…

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4 strategies to build strong teacher leadership

School leaders take on many forms, including students, support staff, and teachers. Building strong teacher leaders helps support a positive and high-achieving school culture, and one of the…

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All-day virtual professional development event set for Oct. 25

On October 25, Discovery Education will be hosting the eighth annual Discovery Education Streamathon, a live, day-long virtual professional learning event. This is one of Discovery Education’s annual…

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5 strategies to align district leadership with unions

Teachers are essential to a successful digital transition, and when it comes to the relationship between teachers' unions and school district leaders, open communication is the most important…

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Six key competencies for effective Pre-K-3 principals

Providing personalized learning environments and ensuring developmentally-appropriate teaching are just two of six competencies principals need to support teaching and learning during the transition from birth and preschool…

Upcoming Events

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Teacher Academies are offered as a one-day workshop giving educators an opportunity to choose from a selection of twelve impactful topics that support teaching and learning in the…

Upcoming Webinars

Milpitas Unified School District Shares Results and Advice for Going Google

Milpitas Unified School District Shares Results and Advice for Going Google

Date: Tuesday, February 19th,  Time: 2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST     In this webinar hear directly from Chin Song, Director of Technology at Milpitas Unified…

How to be successful with Chromebooks in K-12 education

How to be successful with Chromebooks in K-12 education

Date: Tuesday, February 10th,  Time: 11:00 am EST / 8:00 am PST     Learn from the experts how Chromebooks are revolutionizing K-12 education. These low cost devices…

Archived Webinars

Going Google across the Globe – McKinnon Secondary College is helping set the pace for EdTech in Australia

Going Google across the Globe – McKinnon Secondary College is helping set the pace for EdTech in Australia

In this webinar, hear about how Google tools are helping transform K-12 classrooms around the globe. McKinnon Secondary College was founded in 1955 and is located in Melbourne, Australia…

Using Video for Professional Learning: Research-Based Strategies

Using Video for Professional Learning: Research-Based Strategies

Date: Wednesday, December 3rd,  Time: 3:00 pm EST / 12:00 pm PST   Video is quickly gaining ground in K-12 as an effective way to improve teacher practice. However,…

Why Culture Matters: Implementing High-Impact Blended Learning Solutions to Promote Academic Achievement among English Language Learners

Why Culture Matters: Implementing High-Impact Blended Learning Solutions to Promote Academic Achievement among English Language Learners

With more than four million English Language Learners (ELL) – and growing – in U.S. schools, districts across the country are struggling to find effective, affordable solutions that…

Casper Focus — Helping Teachers Manage iPads in the Digital Classroom

Casper Focus — Helping Teachers Manage iPads in the Digital Classroom

Unquestionably, the iPad has made learning and teaching more transformational and engaging. JAMF Software’s contribution to supporting the Apple ecosystem enables simple teacher focused tools to gain students’…

Best Practices for Implementing Online and Blended Learning in K–12 School Districts

Best Practices for Implementing Online and Blended Learning in K–12 School Districts

An increasing number of schools and school districts are implementing online and blended learning to help boost graduation rates; address academic shortfalls across multiple student populations; expand their…

The little district that did: Fairfield County Schools shares their 1:1 story

The little district that did: Fairfield County Schools shares their 1:1 story

Fairfield County Schools, a small, high poverty school district in South Carolina is changing the future for their kids by transforming teaching and learning in the classroom. They’ve…