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December 29, 2012

Quality Access to Learning: Teachers and Technology

Wendy Heckert explores technology implementation in the classroom, and makes a plea to start-ups to help train teachers to best use new tools

December 21, 2012

Pacific Teacher PD Improves Student Comprehension, IES Study Finds

The Pacific Communities with High Performance in Literacy Development teacher training program, or Pacific CHILD, improved students' reading and comprehension skills, finds a new study from a federal regional education laboratory.

December 17, 2012

Leveraging LinkedIn in your Job Search

LinkedIn is a helpful tool in your job search for both networking purposes and staying informed about current trends and issues in the field of education. Below are a few suggestions to effectively utilize LinkedIn as you begin your job search. Groups: Click on the Groups tab to instantly connect w...

December 06, 2012

Tennessee's 'Race to Top' Professional Development Scrutinized

Tennessee's Race to the Top-financed professional development is examined by the state's comptroller.

December 04, 2012

Cultivating Tech-Savvy Teachers Should Be Higher Priority, Report Says

The National Association of State Boards of Education offers recommendations on how schools can do more to use technology to improve learning.

November 20, 2012

Formative Assessment-Friendly Scheduling

The Oregonian provides a glimpse into a school district that has instituted a late-start for students on Wednesday mornings so that teachers can get together for mandatory data-team meetings.

November 14, 2012

Why Haven't Districts Adopted Blended Learning Faster?

Consultants asked, "Why haven't districts adopted blended learning faster?" I answered, "Because it's complicated."

November 06, 2012

Succession Planning 101

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." --Benjamin Franklin About a month ago, I had an interesting conversation with a chief human resource professional about succession planning. Her school district had seen a great deal of change in senior level staff members for a variety of reason...

November 04, 2012

Scaling PD in a New Online World

Traditionally, professional development is heavily linked to teacher raises and/or benefits. Unfortunately, these online tools are not particularly traditional, and thusly do not as a free product yield the fruits of an established, in person (expensive) professional development provider. There is less incentive for the average teacher to test these interesting waters, and while they may not be the ultimate solution, they are undoubtedly shaping the path to true customizable, anytime PD solutions for our teachers. Doesn't it make perfect sense to give our teachers as much access to improvement as they could possibly want?

October 26, 2012

Texas District Moving From Good to Great

Marian Kisch, a freelance writer out of Chevy Chase, MD, who writes a monthly column for the HOPE Foundation shares a guest blog today. She tells us about a success story that has used HOPE to help change the schools' culture and tailor school leadership development opportunities to reach the ulti...

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