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Teacher Development

High-quality teaching is vital for student success. Explore elements of effective professional development and leadership critical for growing and supporting great teachers.

  • Meaningful Summer PD at Home

    Traveling for professional development is out this summer, but there are still ways to gain knowledge and skills.
    Kaleb Schumer
  • Creating a Teacher-Driven Professional Development Program

    Teacher buy-in for a professional development program increases engagement and targets growth to their needs.
  • Increasing Teachers’ Effectiveness—Without Causing Burnout

    An elementary school principal explains how he prioritized professional development for teachers by embedding it in the master schedule.
  • For Teachers: Summer Reading During Turbulent Times

    Influenced by the pandemic and social unrest, two teachers recommend books to read this summer on topics like wrestling with loss, addressing inequity, and recharging for the school year ahead.
  • Why Teachers of Color Matter for Students of Color to Succeed

    Research shows that having a teacher of color can help students of color reach better outcomes; but the benefits extend to all young people, preparing them to live and work in an increasingly diverse society.
  • Revising Your Teaching Philosophy for This Crisis

    For many teachers, their statement of teaching beliefs no longer matches their work. Revisiting and simplifying it can help chart a path forward.
  • The Power of Being Seen

    How well do you know your students? In a Nevada school, a simple strategy pushes teachers to look beyond the lessons.
    Holly Korbey
  • Homework: How Much Is Too Much?

    Homework has benefits, but the research is clear: there are real consequences to assigning too much.
  • Making Sure Each Child Is Known

    A middle school in Nevada uses a simple strategy to build deeper connections between teachers and students.
  • 11 Questions You’ll Be Asked at a Teaching Interview

    Commonly asked interview questions you can anticipate—plus tips and links to resources you can tap as you polish your answers.
  • 6 Tips for Mentoring New Teachers During Distance Learning

    Experienced teachers typically mentor novices by observing their classes and meeting regularly. That can still happen as both teachers work from home.
  • Planning for Better Professional Development in an Uncertain Future

    Teachers will be operating in a different world next year, and administrators are thinking now about how best to support them.
  • Unraveling the Myths Around Reading and Dyslexia

    Teachers are seeking new training to understand the brain science around dyslexia, the most commonly reported disability among children.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching in Early Childhood Education

    Four ways to validate and affirm young students’ cultures in meaningful ways, which can boost their engagement and motivation.

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