Q&A Collections: Professional Development
During the summer, I will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past nine years. You can see all those collections from the first eight years here.
Here are the ones I've posted so far:
Today's theme is on Professional Development. You can see the list following this excerpt from one of the posts:
Six teacher-authors discuss what they learned over the past year and a half as they wrote books that are set to be published in the coming weeks.
Two editors explain what it takes for teachers to get published in the education realm, such as doing homework about the education book field and the publishers, knowing the audience, and focusing the topic.
Four educators share advice with active teachers who might want to write a book, including writing when you can, writing simply, and owning a passion for your subject.
Four educators discuss the role of instructional coaching during school closures, including the importance of staying connected and supporting teachers' emotional health.
The five-part series on instructional coaching is "wrapped up" today by Cathery Yeh, Amy Sandvold, Tamara Hewlett, Becky Corr, and LaChawn Smith.
Today's post includes answers from Kris Allen, Stephanie Affinito, Barry Saide, Diane Sweeney, Ann Mausbach, Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin, and Wendy Murawski, Ph.D., on how instructional coaches and teachers can best work as a team.
Lisa Westman, Dr. Debbie Silver, Dr. Carol Chanter, Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Kristin Rouleau, and Keisha Rembert share their commentaries on effective instructional coaching.
Laura Robb, Rita Platt, Michelle Shory, Ed.S., Irina V. McGrath, Ph.D., Cindi Rigsbee, Tonya Ward Singer, and Margie Kirstein contribute their suggestions about effective instructional coaching.
Sydney Chaffee, Cindy Garcia, Carrie Johnson, Roxanna Elden, Tatiana Esteban, Heather Register, Ashley Blackwelder, and Dawn Mitchell "kick off" a five-part series on instructional coaching.
Dr. Victoria Lentfer, Heather Stinson, and Dr. Mara Lee Grayson share their thoughts on how teachers' can deal with feelings of frustration.
Valerie Ruckes, Christine Hertz, Kristine Mraz, Maria Walther, and Kevin Parr offer their suggestions on how teachers can handle feelings of frustration.
Teachers describe some of the funniest moments in their classrooms over the years and, in some instances, how those moments improved classroom relationships.
Suggestions on how teachers can raise private monies to support their classroom are offered by Alfonso Gonzalez, Holly Spinelli, Susan Lafond, Amanda Koonlaba, and Barbara Gottschalk.
Greg Giglio, Jane Kise, David Bateman, Jenifer Cline, Tom Hoerr, and Jennifer Abrams contribute their suggestions for dealing with staff conflict.
Sanée Bell, Ed.D., Todd Franklin, Jenny Edwards, Julie P. Combs, Stacey Edmonson, Sandy Harris, and Amber Teamann discuss how to handle workplace conflict at schools.
This four-part series on professional development is wrapping up with responses from PJ Caposey, Laura Robb, Dr. Barbara Blackburn, Pete Hall, Fred Ende, Emily Phillips Galloway, Paola Uccelli, Nonie K. Lesaux, and Meredith Allen.
Nancy Fichtman Dana, Sally J. Zepeda, Jeffrey Wilhelm, James "Jimi" Cannon, Andrew Miller, Catherine Beck, Judy Bell, and Pia Lindquist Wong offer their suggestions about professional development.
Douglas Reeves, Jessica Torres, Melissa Eddington, Jared Covili, Daniel R. Venables, and Harry Fletcher-Wood share their ideas on improving professional development for educators.
Diana Laufenberg, Dina Strasser, Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Debbie Silver, Rita Platt, and Dr. Melissa C. Gilbert share their critiques of current professional-development practices.
Dr. Ramon Goings, Lorena German, Sally Zepeda, Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin, David Bateman, Ph.D., and Jenifer Cline, M.S., discuss how researchers and educators can work together in better ways.
Tabitha Pacheco, Amanda Koonlaba, Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin, Megan M. Allen, and Daniel Rechtschaffen finish up this three-part series on avoiding teacher burnout.
Jennifer Cleary, Emily Geltz, Patricia Jennings, Donna Wilson, Marcus Conyers, and Dr. Barbara Blackburn share their suggestions on preventing teacher burnout.
Jenny Edwards, Ph.D., Wendi Pillars, Timothy Hilton, Mandi White, Tara Dale, and Owen Griffith share their suggestions on how teachers can avoid burning out on their jobs.
Jenny Edwards, Andrew Miller, Dr. Cynthia "Mama J" Johnson, Megan M. Allen, and readers share their choices for articles educators should read.
Jessica Torres, Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski, Robert Ward, Lisa Eickholdt, and Kathy Dyer contribute their suggestions of articles for educators to read.
Amber Chandler, Daniel R. Venables, Wendi Pillars, and comments from many readers finish up this three-part series on if educators have had second thoughts about their career choice.
Debbie, Silver, Julia G. Thompson, Jenny Edwards, Roberta Israeloff, George McDermott, and Kara Vandas contribute their responses to the question about if they ever had second thoughts about being a teacher.
Shaeley Santiago, Anne Jenks, Sarah Thomas, Dr. Margarita Bianco, and Stephen Lazar talk about if they have had second thoughts about entering the teaching profession.
Roxanna Elden, Rachael George, Rachel Trowbridge, Kevin Parr, Amy Sandvold, and William J. Tolley share their thoughts on how best to support—and prepare for—a substitute teacher.
Today, Sarah Cooper, Meghan Everette, Amber Teamann, Bill Ivey, and Heather Wolpert-Gawron wrap up this series on key "influencers" of teachers. I also include responses from readers.
Jeryl-Ann Asaro, Dr. Manuel Rustin, Brett Novick, Toby Karten, and Dr. Barbara Blackburn contribute their answers to the question: Who has most influenced your teaching?
Rita Platt, Dr. Cynthia "Mama J" Johnson, Pernille Ripp, and Jenny Edwards share reflections on who has most influenced their teaching.
Five students contribute short pieces about their favorite classroom moments and what others might be able to learn from them.
Meghan Everette, Jeryl-Ann Asaro, Jeffery Galle, and Kara Vandas share their best classroom memories.
Jen Schwanke, Anne Jenks, Amy Sandvold, and Sarah Thomas share their top moments in teaching.
Donna Wilson, Marcus Conyers, Rachael George, Meghan Everette, and Carolina Pérez offer their nominations for the most exciting developments in education today.
Tricia Hyun, Sarah Thomas, former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., Mandi White, and Tara Dale share their commentaries on the most exciting things happening in education today.
Amanda Koonlaba, Amelia Gamel, Jenny Edwards, Paul Barnwell, Jackie Walsh, and Beth Sattes discuss the "best" teaching advice, and I also include many comments from readers.
Roxanna Elden, Esther Wu, Timothy D. Walker, Vance Austin, and Kirke Olson share reflections on the best teaching advice they've received.
Rita Platt, Fred Ende, Arpine Ovsepyan, Rachael George, and Cindi Rigsbee contribute the best teaching advice they have heard.
Jen Schwanke, Amanda Koonlaba, Jennifer Orr, Allison Rodman, Patricia (Tish) Jennings, Bill Ivey, and Peter P. Leibman contribute their thoughts on responding to tough teaching moments.
Roxanna Elden, Robert Ward, Cindi Rigsbee, Megan Allen, Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin, Daniel Jerome, and Lois Weiner share how they respond to tough teaching moments.
Megan Allen, Jenny Grant Rankin, Linda L. Lyman, and Wendi Pillars share their stories of difficult teaching moments.
Laura Robb, Jim Bentley, N. Chaunte Garrett, Jennifer Orr, and Jonathan Eckert contribute commentaries about their most difficult teaching experiences.
Lorena Germán, Tom Rademacher, Diana Laufenberg, Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez, and Jeff Bradbury share their stories of difficult teaching moments and what they learned from them.
Allison Marchetti, Rebekah O'Dell, Kathy Levy, Matthew R. Morris, Stuart O. Yager, Rita Platt, and Larnette Snow finish off a three-part series on what teachers know now that they wish they knew then.
Linda Hoyt, Jenny Edwards, Mary Tedrow, and Vance L. Austin offer their suggestions about what they know now that they wish they had known then.
Roxanna Elden, Dave Stuart Jr., Julia Thompson, and Jennifer Gonzalez share what they wish they had known prior to becoming a teacher.
Benjamin Riley, Charis Anderson, Pia L Wong, Megan Allen, Mike Flynn, and Jack Schneider share their ideas on how colleges of education can support working K-12 teachers.
Today, Roxanna Elden, Julia Thompson, Ekuwah Moses, Jenny Edwards, Kevin Parr, and Leslie Blauman bare their souls to the world as they write about their biggest teaching mistakes.
Today's post includes responses from PJ Caposey, Jennifer Gonzalez, Arpine Ovsepyan, Marcy Webb, Marie Levey-Pabst, Vance L. Austin, and Steven Anderson. I've also included comments from readers.
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 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 lineup, 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.
I hope you've found this summary useful and, again, keep those questions coming!