A more social form of professional development

The Utah Coalition for Educational Technology (UCET), an ISTE affiliate, said that Teaching Teams will help the coalition “revolutionize how teachers learn, connect, and inspire each other to improve the outcomes for all K-12 students across America.”

UCET will use teacher input to build professional learning resources, expand and improve teacher learning opportunities, and to raise teachers’ status.

“The Teaching Channel Teams platform enables us to support teachers across our state in an equitable way with access to high-quality professional development assets, efficiently and cost-effectively, helping us to build a learning community connecting teachers in urban and rural districts,” said Dr. Laura Hunter, Director of Instructional Services, Utah Education Network.

In Chicago, the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is using Teams to create links throughout the district in the hopes that teachers will continue to share their videos of practice and lesson plans.

Brian Sims, AUSL’s managing director, said AUSL is hoping to update its teacher professional development options.

“It brings a level of interactivity to the professional development experience that we haven’t seen anywhere else,” Sims said.

Watch this video to learn more about AUSL’s experience.

(Next page: How others are using Teams, and a look at platform features)

Laura Ascione

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