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Professional Development

Educators must always hone their craft. Discover the many formal, informal, ongoing, and job-embedded professional-development programs keeping teachers at the top of their game.

  • Making PD More Meaningful Through Personalization

    Teachers can get much more out of professional development when school leaders encourage them to tailor it to their own needs.
    Andrew J. Canlé
  • Personalized Professional Development at Home

    Virtual resources ranging from specialized podcasts to live events on social media can help teachers hone their skills—from anywhere.
  • Supporting Teachers to Workshop Project Ideas

    A strong project-based learning culture is built by giving opportunities for teachers to get feedback and support on their project ideas.
  • Learning Walks: Structured Observation for Teachers

    Brief visits to several classrooms give teachers a chance to reflect on a variety of practices.
  • 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.
  • 11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

    Carrie Lam
  • 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.
  • Using Video for Professional Development

    When teachers film themselves in the classroom, it helps them reflect on and improve their teaching practice.
  • Creating a Teacher-Driven Professional Development Program

    Teacher buy-in for a professional development program increases engagement and targets growth to their needs.
  • A Mentoring Strategy for Preservice Teachers

    Teacher candidates at the University of Wyoming Lab School co-teach with veterans to learn about planning, instruction, and assessment.
  • 15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

    A teacher reflects on our changing society and how change informs what teaching is like today.
  • Travel Grants and Fellowships for Educators

    Money is available to help fund teachers’ professional trips. Here are some resources to help you find and apply for grants and fellowships.
  • Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

    PD could be more effective if we differentiated it by gauging teachers' readiness, utilizing their interests, involving them in the process, and providing continual assessment opportunities.
  • Student-Centered Learning: It Starts With the Teacher

    Teachers encourage student-centered learning by allowing students to share in decisions, believing in their capacity to lead, and remembering how it feels to learn.
  • The Big Picture: Integrating SEL Across a District

    The 168 schools in the Nashville district collaborate to bolster school culture and instruction with social and emotional learning.

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