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January 13, 2014

Literacy Design Collaborative Launches CoreTools

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are the most important professional development trend and development in education. They embody many of the broader adult learning trends: interest-driven, high engagement, flexible, and social. There are PLCs for teachers by level and discipline, PLCs for teachers in districts and networks, PLCs for principals—and even PLCs for specific tasks like aligning texts to the Common Core.

January 12, 2014

What Makes Me Open my Wallet to PD

When I first became a teacher, I spent incredible amounts of money on my classroom, but was incredibly wary of spending money on professional learning. Attending a stale Saturday "workshop" where I left without any inspiration or real learning didn't seem worth dollars I could be spending on my classroom library. Now, 10 years later, I'm gleefully shelling out hundreds of dollars for conferences. What changed? As I reflected on this mindshift, I kept coming back to the following three factors that make me want to attend a professional learning event.

January 09, 2014

Simulation Program Aims to Deepen Teachers' Understanding of Poverty

An elementary school in Wichita, Kan., recently took a unique approach to sensitizing teachers to the needs of disadvantaged students, reports The Wichita Eagle. According to the January 5th article, teachers and staff members at Allen Elementary School participated in a role-playing simulation intended to elucidate the unseen challenges of poverty.

January 06, 2014

Time for a New Approach to Professional-Development Research?

That's the call from several scholars, and from an organization that thinks the Education Department needs to make the first move.

December 31, 2013

Teacher Leadership

 [Check out the video, "Everyday Leadership," http://www.ted.com/talks/drew_dudley_everyday_leadership.html, by Drew Dudley, on TED Talks] As educators we have likely provided countless "lollipop moments" for our students and their parents. What I love about Drew Dudley's message here is that as st...

December 30, 2013

My New Year's EdTech Resolutions

As 2013 comes to a close, it's a great time to reflect on where we've been and where we're heading. Although December 31st isn't the end of our school year, we can still make new year's resolutions about how we'll return to our schools and effect change. In some ways, these resolutions are even more...

December 23, 2013

Teacher Tech-Training Incentive: $350 Toward an iPad

St. Cloud School District will refund teachers up to $350 for the purchase of an iPad if they complete 5 hours of iPad classes.

December 19, 2013

Drop in New National-Board Certifications Continues

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced this week that 4,117 teachers received certification from the group in 2013—down 17 percent from the previous year and more than 50 percent from 2008.

December 19, 2013

New National-Board Certifications Still Declining

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced this week that 4,117 teachers received certification from the group in 2013—down 17 percent from the previous year and more than 50 percent from 2008.

December 19, 2013

Five Ways to Power Up over Break

For many educators, tomorrow is the last day before winter break. Some are already enjoying a winter hiatus. This time is great for connecting with family, enjoying holiday traditions, travel or catching up on much-needed rest. And yet after the big meals, parties and festivities are done, this migh...

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