Q & A Collections: Professional Development
I'll begin posting new questions and answers in mid-September, and during the summer will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past four years. You can see all those collections from the first three years here.
Today's theme - the sixteenth one in this summer series - is on Professional Development. Previous themes have been:
Previous updated thematic collections are:
You can see the list of Professional Development posts following this excerpt from one of them:
Allison Zmuda, Jenny Edwards, Kelly Young, Maurice J. Elias, and Emily Geltz contribute their guest responses sharing advice new teachers, and many readers do the same.
Five veteran educators -- Valeria Brown, Julia Thompson, Roxanna Elden, Sean McComb and Megan Allen -- share advice they wish they had at the beginning of their careers.
Rebecca Mieliwocki, Allen Mendler, Jennifer Orr, Mike Anderson, and Daniel Rechtschaffen contribute their suggestions on how teachers can maintain a sane balance between classroom and home life.
Educators Renee Moore, Debbie Silver, Julia Thompson and Vicki Davis provide us all with some advice on balancing teaching with a personal life.
This post includes responses from Roxanna Elden, Sally J. Zepeda, Christopher Lehman, Jennifer Abrams, PJ Caposey, Patricia Reynolds, and Sharon Milano. In addition, I've highlighted comments from readers. All make suggestions about how to make professional development more effective learning experiences.
This post shares commentaries on how to improve teacher professional development from educators Sean McComb, Robyn R. Jackson, Kelly Young, Paul Cancellieri, Jason Flom, and Barbara Blackburn.
Rick Wormeli continues sharing his professional development recommendations in Part Two of his essay.
Rick Wormeli shares his suggestions for how to make professional development effective for teachers.
This final post in a series on teachers writing books shares advice from Kimberly Carraway, Erik Palmer, Jeffrey Benson and Cathie E. West. In addition, I share a few comments from readers.
Allison Scott, Julia Thompson, and Vicki Davis share suggestions for teachers who would like to write a book and get it published. This is the second post in a three-part series.
Marjorie McAneny, Alan Sitomer, PJ Caposey and Steven Anderson share their suggestions for educators who want to write a book.
This final post in the series features what I think is a particularly interesting combination -- a quest response from Ted Appel, the principal of the inner-city school where I teach, who describes the innovative requirements he insisted upon if a university was interested in placing student teachers with us; followed by a commentary from Pia Lindquist Wong, director of a university teaching credentials program who found that her ideas dovetailed with those of Ted's - the two then developed a partnership.
Michael Opitz and Michael Ford; PJ Caposey; Patty O'Grady; and Sally Zepeda all share their advice to student teachers and their supervisors.
This post is the final one in this series, and features book recommendations from Grant Wiggins, John Norton, Barbara Blackburn, Amy Benjamin and Kevin Washburn, plus a zillion reader comments.
Educators Megan Allen, Erin Klein, Jeffrey Zoul and Mike Fisher share their book recommendations for teachers in Part Two in a series.
In Part One of this three-part series, education writer and parent Melinda D. Anderson shares her book recommendations for teachers, as do educator/authors Kelly Gallagher, Cathy Vatterott and Vicki Davis.
In this last post of a two-part series, educator Robyn R. Jackson shares her thoughts - particularly for women educators. I'm also publishing comments from many, many readers.
In Part One of a two-part series, four educators - Roxanna Elden, Renee Moore, Jane Fung, and Rebecca Mieliwocki - share their thoughts on how teachers should dress.
In addition to sharing many comments from readers, educators Amy Benjamin and Dina Strasser post their thoughts in this post.
This post includes contributions from Terry Thompson, Renee Moore and Cindi Rigsbee.
This column has quite a line-up, starting with Roxanna Elden, who is one of the most engaging and entertaining education writers around. Her contribution is followed by guest responses from two other exceptional educators and authors -- Allen Mendler and Julia Thompson.
New York City teacher José Vilson and Sacramento educator Alice Mercer share their responses.
This post features a guest response from educator Ray Salazar who, in addition to sharing his personal experiences and thoughts, interviewed other teachers, too.
High School principal Eric Sheninger, Middle School principal Pete Hall, and Superintendent Pamela Moran share their advice.
I hope you've found this summary useful and, again, keep those questions coming!