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July 26, 2012

Interviews Find Ed-Tech PD, Budget Worries About Equal

An unscientific sampling of 43 educators who attended ISTE 2012 gave their thoughts about current challenges and opportunities in educational technology.

July 26, 2012

Demystifying the 'Unconference'

While I've seen signs for "unconference" sessions at some of the large organizations' annual conventions, I have never attended one. In fact, I admit that I wasn't even sure what an unconference entailed until reading this illuminating post by Monique Flickinger, a director of instructional technolo...

July 26, 2012

National Board Makes Real Reform

It is no secret that I think the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards(NBPTS) is the best hope for building and sustaining a true teaching profession for the United States of America. I support the proposition that National Board Certification should be the norm for teachers, not an eli...

July 23, 2012

Dialogue With the Gates Foundation: How Do We Build the Teaching Profession?

Post #1 of 5 in this dialogue. Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Two weeks ago I traveled to Seattle and spent most of the day meeting with leaders of the Gates Foundation, discussing their work around education reform. I have been critical of the impact their agenda has had, but they expressed...

July 18, 2012

New Teacher Placement, Retention Can Exacerbate Achievement Gaps

Novice teachers disproportionately get assigned lower-performing students, and districts often do not work to retain the most effective newcomers, according to new analyses by Harvard University's Strategic Data Project.

July 13, 2012

EdTech Notebook: CoSN Picks Districts for 'Transformation' Project

Also, SETDA selected its new board members and Florida Virtual School launched a new PD course focused on blended instruction.

July 11, 2012

Ed-Tech Innovators: Get Results Now by Leveraging Great Teachers

We're excited about the prospects, but we all know it will take time for digital learning to transform education. Meanwhile, the effectiveness of teachers will continue to be the single most important school factor in student learning.

July 09, 2012

What's New in Teacher PD: Read a Book, Get Graduate Credit

Here's a new take on continuing education for busy teachers: Corwin, together with California Lutheran University, has just launched a professional development initiative in which teachers can acquire one unit of graduate course credit for reading a Corwin book—yes, any Corwin book—and completing a written assignment within three months.

July 02, 2012

How Following Sports Can Improve Teacher Evaluation

Hunter Gehlbach, an assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, says that, to truly improve teacher-evaluation systems, schools should take a lesson from professional sports teams. In evaluating player performance, he explains, NBA, NFL, and MLB coaches and person...

June 29, 2012

Friday Update: E-books, Book Awards, and Professional Development

The Friday Update for July 29, 2012 covers book awards, professional development opportunities, and summer reading lists.

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