For the past few years, October has meant a focus on helping educators form professional learning networks to improve teaching and learning outcomes.

Connected Educator Month, led by the American Institutes for Research, intends to create a more global and evidence-based approach to education by fostering collaboration and innovation in professional learning.

Some of the month's key goals include increasing educator and partner participation, influencing the way professional learning occurs in and out of schools, and fostering collaboration and innovation within and between stakeholder groups and partners.

Do you participate? Do you want to start? We've gathered key facts...

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