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Professional Development Isn’t Just for Teachers. When it comes to professional development, most of us think about the tools and techniques needed to train teachers.

Professional Development Isn’t Just for Teachers

However, professional development for administrators is just as important, if not more so. Instead of learning about the ins and outs of teaching roles, administrators would benefit from professional development focused on changing human behaviors and transforming organizational culture. A principal’s ability to lead change is critical. Hacking Education: The Pineapple Chart. Hacking Education Welcome to the next post on our #D100BloggerPD series on Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School.

Hacking Education: The Pineapple Chart

The book was written by Mark Barnes and Jennifer Gonzalez. 8 Steps To Flipped Teacher Professional Development. How To Help Teachers Create Their Own Professional Development by Terry Heick Traditional teacher professional development depends on external training handed down to teachers after having identified their weaknesses as a professional.

8 Steps To Flipped Teacher Professional Development

If you’re not so great at teacher writing, or if assessment is becoming a bigger focus in your school or district, you fill out a growth plan of some sort, attend your training, get your certificates, and repeat until you’ve got your hours or your school has run out of money to send you to more training. Oftentimes these “professional growth plans” are scribbled out in 15 minute meetings with your principal, then “revisited” at the end of the year as a kind of autopsy. What would happen if we flipped this model on its head? The idea here isn’t simply that educators can improve by connected through social networks–they already are doing that. Personalizing for Teacher Needs. The idea of personalization in education abounds in so many ways.

Personalizing for Teacher Needs

We want to know and understand our students as individuals, as well as personalize their instruction according to the nuances of their learning. This makes sense because, after all, educators are individuals, too, and just like our students, our unique attributes are gifts. How To Plan Outstanding Tech Training For Your Teachers. Listen to this post as a podcast: Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 18:27 — 25.7MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android |

How To Plan Outstanding Tech Training For Your Teachers

My First Micro-credential. Posted by Nancy Barile on Saturday, 03/19/2016 Last year I was asked me to teach a graduate level course called “Documenting and Assessing Student Learning” at the college where I work (in addition to being a high school ELA teacher).

My First Micro-credential

I began pouring over information on the subject, and, immediately, Harvard University’s Data Wise Project emerged as the leading method and authority in using data inquiry in a collaborative way to drive continuous improvement of teaching and student learning. I immediately ordered The Revised and Expanded Edition of Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning (Harvard Education Press, 2013), which shows how systematic and thoughtful examination of a wide range of data can be a catalyst for important schoolwide dialogue, which can lead to powerful change. Five Ways to Create More Teacher Rockstars in Your School. “Rockstar” is a term that is being thrown around among educators lately.

Five Ways to Create More Teacher Rockstars in Your School

A few teachers and administrators who try new instructional practices—many that inevitably involve tech tools—earn that rockstar praise from their connected colleagues online. Who's the Best Deliverer of Teacher PD? Report Says Teachers Still Lack Input #teaching. The major momentum behind micro-credentials. New partnerships and pioneers are giving Digital Promise’s badging movement a new push Educators are, by definition, continuous learners.

The major momentum behind micro-credentials

The major momentum behind micro-credentials. An Unlikely Group Forms Unified Vision for the Future of Education. Education has long been a hotly debated issue and with good reason — the policies and actions of education leaders affect our nation’s children, the future of the workforce and the day-to-day lives of families.

An Unlikely Group Forms Unified Vision for the Future of Education

But the struggle to improve the system has often left advocates in distinct camps, each believing that their solution, whether it be charter schools or blended learning or investing in teachers, is the best way to improve learning. Pinterest: Emerging trends in education. Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development? As I prepare for another afternoon of district-provided professional development activities, I always make sure that I bring plenty of work to do (papers to grade, lesson planning, etc.).

Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

This isn't because I have a bad attitude and hate professional development (PD). A great PD event can really energize me to improve my classroom instruction. 3 Brain Basics for the Middle Grades Classroom. By Curtis Chandler I may not be a brain expert, but as an educator, I am in the brain business. Like many other teachers out there, I am trying to uncover as much as I can about learning and cognition in order to better understand and serve my students.

That’s why I counted myself lucky when I was asked to teach a night class on adolescent development, cognition, and understanding. Not necessarily because I had so much to say on the subject, but because it gave me a chance to thumb through my old Ed Psych notes, read up on the latest research in cognition, and order a stack of new books with the Amazon gift card that has been sitting in my wallet for 2 years. What I discovered were a few guiding principles – some new and some already known – that helped fine-tune the design and delivery of my middle school lessons. 8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more. If you do fewer teacher-directed activities, that means the kids will naturally do more talking, doesn’t it? Not necessarily. I have often found myself talking almost constantly during group work and student-directed projects because I’m trying to push kids’ thinking, provide feedback, and help them stay on task.

How to Spark Curiosity in Children Through Embracing Uncertainty. In the classroom, subjects are often presented as settled and complete. Teachers lecture students on the causes of World War I, say, or the nature of matter, as if no further questioning is needed because all the answers have been found. In turn, students regurgitate what they’ve been told, confident they’ve learned all the facts and unaware of the mysteries that remain unexplored. Without insight into the holes in our knowledge, students mistakenly believe that some subjects are closed. They lose humility and curiosity in the face of this conceit. Report: Teacher-Controlled Video Observations Improve Teacher Assessment Process. Report: Teacher-Controlled Video Observations Improve Teacher Assessment Process Teachers who participated in a year-long study comparing video-recorded and in-person classroom observations found the video observation process fairer and more useful overall than in-person observations, according to a new report from the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University.

The report, "The Best Foot Forward Project: Substituting Teacher-Collected Video for In-Person Classroom Observations," summarizes the findings of the first year of implementation of the Best Food Forward Project. The researchers studied 347 teachers and 108 administrators at schools in Delaware, Georgia, Colorado and California. Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. Article on Rigor - Edutopia. You would think that it would be more prevalent than it is. But it appears only four times in the Common Core State Standards. Know Your Terms: Memory Palace. (noun) A mnemonic device that helps people remember items by visualizing those items in specific, familiar locations, often in a specific, familiar sequence. Also known as the method of loci. Why the Best Teachers Won't Ditch the Lecture. Recently, Stephen Kosslyn, the founding Dean of Minerva Schools, offered a great explanation of why active learning is superior to lectures.

11 Amazing Sources for Online Professional Development for Teachers. Effective PD. Highly effective classrooms can result from highly effective professional development. Teachers: Know When to Stop Talking. Published Online: July 28, 2015.