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Teachers, parents, students outline clear challenge for professional learning
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Data from the new MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Teachers, Parents, and the Economy indicate that teacher satisfaction is at its lowest point in more than 20 years, signifying a greater need for professional learning that strengthens leadership and acknowledges educator expertise while building teacher capacity and improving student achievement. More



Get free job-embedded professional development for teachers
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In order to supply educators with more of the resources that they need to empower students to achieve, professional development producer School Improvement Network will spend the entire month of March posting free, job-embedded professional development for teachers online. The company will host everything from a free webinar about the Common Core Standards, to instructional videos and hands-on classroom strategy blog posts. More

An educator's view on the Common Core
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Ask 10 fifth-grade teachers how they teach fractions, and you'll probably get 10 different answers. That's the beauty of teaching: part art, part science, all creativity. Will the Common Core State Standards change that? Will we suddenly have a nation of automatons at the front of our classrooms, delivering identical lessons? One educator believes the Common Core represents an empowering opportunity for teachers to collaborate, exchange best practices and share differing curricula. More

Empowering Educators with Meaningful Data
Assessment should do more than satisfy accountability requirements; it should inform daily classroom instruction and guide administrative decisions.

Learn more about how Measured Progress professional development experts can help you use the DATAWISE classroom assessment and data management platform to create valid tests and easy-to-understand reports that boost student learning.
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When making a great teacher is a team effort
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A recent study by Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, Collaborating on School Reform, shows that contrary to popular practice and the dictates of many corporate education reformers, the secret to long-term improvement for teachers, schools and students is "substantive collaboration" at all levels. Developing quality teachers, says Saul Rubinstein, an associate professor at Rutgers and one of the authors of the study is about "mentoring, sharing instructional practice, collaborating." More


CCSS Prep for Math Teachers
The implementation of the Common Core State Standards and Mathematical Practices means educators need to have a deeper conceptual understanding of mathematics and fluency with student-centered teaching practices. Carnegie Learning Math Academies are intensive 5-day professional development workshops designed to expand teachers’ understanding of content and pedagogy.
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Teacher Language
Changes Students' Lives
In Opening Minds, Peter Johnston (author of the groundbreaking Choice Words) shows how words can shape students' learning, their sense of self, and their social, emotional, and moral development. Preview the entire book online!
21st Century Learning in a Networked World
In this keynote session from the 21st Century Learning Institute, Will Richardson shares eight shifts necessary to fully utilize Internet technology as a continuous learning opportunity. This package includes a 72-minute DVD with the video session and a CD with materials to support team or individual professional learning, an excerpt from the book 21st Century Skills, and relevant web links.


Hallsville, Texas, ISD's work earns honor from Department of Education
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Hallsville, Texas, ISD's dedication to assessment and monitoring its students has garnered national attention from the U.S. Department of Education. That recognition resulted in a research team arriving on the district's campus from Washington State University. The researchers studied the district's effective evaluation of response to intervention on the elementary school level. Hallsville ISD Deputy Superintendent Paula Rogers said the RTI process goes hand in hand with the district's implementation of professional learning communities consisting of teachers and administrators at every grade and subject level. More



Indiana school significantly increased language arts scores through 'culture of teamwork'
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Coolspring Elementary School in Michigan City, Ind., recently received recognition for the huge strides in student test scores the school achieved in 2011. Student scores improved by 62 percent, putting them in fourth place in the state. Betsy Kohn, director of communications for Michigan City Area Schools, credited the school's "culture of teamwork" for the jump in scores. "Teachers work closely with the school's curriculum coach, and they meet weekly in Professional Learning Communities to review student data and share instructional strategies," said Kohn. More


Headsprout
Headsprout helps children master essential academic skills with fun, interactive learning programs that can increase reading comprehension quickly and effectively. MORE
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Teachers in India rely on Continuing PD
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It is generally assumed that pre-service training courses do not fully prepare teachers for the job. This is because of the wide gap that exists between the pre-service curricula and the field reality. When teachers go to school, they are encountered with challenges such as lack of resources, low student motivation, poor learner performance and an overwhelming workload. One of the ways to help teachers address these issues is by providing them opportunities for learning on the job — otherwise known as Continuing Professional Development. CPD allows individuals to aim for continuous improvement in their professional skills and knowledge. More


WIDE World at Harvard Graduate School of Education
The WIDE World online professional development programs are uniquely suited to enhance and support educators’ pedagogical practice as they transition to the Common Core Standards LEARN MORE.
Eye on Education
Eye On Education is an independent provider of books and other resources for the educational community. They provide educators with information on professional development, leadership, school improvement and other related topics. MORE


New Bedford, Mass., School Committee selects turnaround model for Hayden-McFadden
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The School Committee voted to implement the "transformation" model of school turnaround at Hayden-McFadden Elementary School in New Bedford, Mass., said school officials. Hayden-McFadden was named a Level 4, or underperforming, school by the state last year, which requires the district to develop a school-level turnaround plan. Components of the model include providing staff with high quality, job-embedded professional development, promoting the use of individualized student data, customizing instruction to meet students' needs and extending the school day. More
 
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