6 Ways to Improve Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

No matter your position in education, you have gone through some form of professional development. The bottom line is that all educators yearn for quality professional learning as opposed to development that leads to sustained improvements in teaching, learning, and leadership.

5 Strategies for Coaching Instructional Excellence

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Clair is the founder of Reflective Learning LLC, an educational consulting agency based in Kentucky. Sherry is a contributing author to Effective Instructional Strategies Volume 2 published by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Sherry St.

5 Tips That Foster Collaborative Professional Learning

EdTech Magazine

5 Tips That Foster Collaborative Professional Learning. Leveraging new technology for professional learning requires some creative thinking — and it also takes money. A few years ago, a group at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction that paid for notebooks and software for creating a professional development program for elementary school teachers.

A State-Wide Model for Online Professional Learning

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The GaDOE Social Studies Department and three of their virtual specialists presented an edWebinar on their three-year journey in creating and maintaining virtual learning communities for social studies for every grade level and course from K through 12. The impact on student learning.

Why being in a Professional Learning Network (PLN) is essential for the growth of a 21st century teacher.

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If you are really interested in teaching, maintaining a relationship with your community of teachers is elementary for your growth in terms of both private life and career-wise. A community, in this sense, would be a Professional Learning Network (PLN) for teachers.

Shoot, I Did It Again: 3 More Ways to Implement Video in Professional Learning

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More and more schools and organizations are wanting to integrate video as a professional learning tool for teachers. At Edthena , a video coaching and professional learning platform, we work with many organizations working with video for the first time. We recently offered three actionable ideas for using video coaching that we’ve learned from our own partners. Below find three more go-to ideas for using video to power teacher professional learning.

Strategies for Surviving All Types of Assessments

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in School Counseling Program, Freed-Hardeman University, TN, lays out strategies and ground rules for what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to assessments. The post Strategies for Surviving All Types of Assessments appeared first on edWeb.

Easy Intervention Strategies for Struggling Readers

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Personalized learning for struggling readers can be timesaving and easy to execute. They can do this by listening to audiobooks, such as those from Learning Ally, or by participating in “turn and talks” and answering discussion questions with partners, which gets all students involved.

Redesigning Professional Learning with Video: Igniting District-Wide Leadership and Learning

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We also know, from experience, that providing on-going, personalized and relevant professional learning to all teachers within a district is a seemingly insurmountable task. What a district-wide video-based professional learning program looks like at all levels.

5 Ways To Bring SEL Into Edtech Classroom Use

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Mark Sparvell cites current research about what students really want in their classroom and how social-emotional learning relates to education technology.

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Strategies for Becoming an Effective, Present Teacher

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In her edWebinar, “ Make Learning Visible in Your Classroom,” Cari Wilson, Innovation and Technology Lead Teacher at West Vancouver School District, BC, explained how she continually evaluates her instruction to improve her impact on students’ learning. Homework, assessments, projects.

Media Literacy Strategies for Tackling Fake News

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This edWeb broadcast was sponsored by Britannica Digital Learning. Britannica Digital Learning’s mission is simple: to ignite curiosity and spread the joy of discovery. The post Media Literacy Strategies for Tackling Fake News appeared first on edWeb.

Strategies for Supporting ELL Students in Math

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elementary and middle school classrooms, learning and understanding the language of mathematics can be a challenge. At Compton Unified, ELL students receive differentiated instruction with a teacher and language development through blended learning activities, Michele explained.

Five Steps to Empowering Educators with Evidence

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Step 1 – Understand the value of evidence-based strategies for students and schools. First, Dowell said they focused on giving teachers confidence that strategies and materials will work. to determine what programs will assist with meeting learning goals.

California’s Beaumont Unified School District Selects Discovery Education to Support STEM Teaching and Learning in District Elementary School

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- Discovery Education´s Digital Resources and Comprehensive Professional Development System to Create Authentic STEM Teaching and Learning Environments for Elementary Students- Silver Spring, Md.

Could This Be One of the BEST Edu Conferences of 2015? #WGEDD

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What Great Educators Do Differently - click here to connect to the conference homepage - I've always been "addicted to" professional learning. Since my first year of teaching, I've grown to understand the importance of high-quality professional learning.

Helping Students Find Passion and Purpose: Barbara Bray

The CoolCatTeacher

Barbara Bray talks about personalizing learning in the classroom. She teaches us strategies and helps us think about how to make our classrooms better. Now we’ll put it in the show notes Barbara has her own podcast,“ Conversations on Learning “ and I want you to check that out.So

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5 Ways to Reach Even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

Now we’re also going to do a giveaway of her book, Make Writing: Five Teaching Strategies That Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Maker Space , where she has five more ideas. 3: Find evidence of learning while on our feet.

These easy intervention strategies can help struggling readers thrive

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They can do this by listening to audiobooks, such as those from Learning Ally, or by participating in “turn and talks” and answering discussion questions with partners, which gets all students involved. Find all of Cindy’s tips and time-saving strategies here.

Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education Announce Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Elementary School Contest Winner, Set to Empower the Next Generation of Fiscally Fit Leaders

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Mary’s Elementary School in Bellevue, Nebraska as the $10,000 grand prize winner of the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! The contest invited elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate.” – Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Awards St.

Wisconsin’s School District of Brown Deer Launches New Professional Development Initiative in Partnership with Discovery Education

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- Latest Phase of Four Year Partnership to Focus on Implementing New Professional Learning Model Driving Continuous Improvement and Transforming Education- Silver Spring, Md. These strategies and approaches are then practiced in educator created, student-centered Learning Labs.

This Teacher Started a Hands-On PD Lab That’s Sparking Change Across the District

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In 2013, I was hired to teach computer science (CS) and video game design to students in grades K-5 at Monte Sano Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala. A year earlier, I had graduated with a teaching degree in elementary education.

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Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

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Using available micro-credentials from Digital Promise, each educator can create a personalized professional development plan that builds on the expertise they feel they most need in the classroom and in our schools. Learn more about our work.

We Created Subscription Boxes for Learning—and Teachers Love Them!

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As I sat at a giant table with 15 colleagues pondering how to make professional learning more personal for our teachers, my eyes drifted to my screen. What if we could apply the subscription box model to professional learning? What if we could apply the subscription box model to professional learning?” I had recently been asked to seek an innovative, cost-conscious way to make professional learning more personal for educators.

Math Teachers Need Better Professional Development. Here’s a Personalized Approach.

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One of the most difficult challenges I faced was supporting our 400 K-8 math teachers with substantive professional learning. Just as teachers struggle to find time and resources that support differentiation and personalization for every student in math class, administrators nationwide struggle to differentiate for these students’ teachers with relevant, timely professional learning. To ensure equitable learning outcomes for all.

Improved Teacher Well-Being Is Only a Breath Away

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When Tammy ThompsonKapp was Principal of Lapham Elementary School in Wisconsin, she and her staff struggled to help students who came to school hungry, tired or coping with mental health issues. Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

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At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years. Seventy-eight percent of its students are low income and 22 percent are learning English.

Expert Mentors: A Professional Development Model for STEM and Maker Education Implementation

User Generated Education

In order to prevent STEM and maker education from becoming a flavor of the month, there needs to be specific strategies provided to educators on how to embed STEM and maker activities into their curriculum. Professional Development. Effective Teacher Professional Development ).

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program

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Three years ago, with the help of the education agency the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA), Iowa rolled out its initiative to implement blended learning as a model for the state. Prompted by district administrators’ desire to find ways to build student agency, engage student passion and personalize learning, we hoped blended learning would shake up the status quo and spark large scale change. Differentiate the learning for principals and superintendents.

How a Local Tech Meetup Turned My Classroom Into a Startup

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And contrary to the traditional progression of learning, one that they could succeed in even without a college degree (many coders are self-taught using sites like Free Code Camp). Busker may not have succeeded as a company, but I took the lessons and skills I learned from the tech scene and applied them to my work as a teacher. I needed to ask students whether or not they enjoyed the learning experience—that’s what Apple would do.

Extending Computer Science Education Week with Computational Thinking

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Computer science, however, is much more than just coding, and students need much more time to learn and practice computing skills and dispositions to be prepared for the world in which they’re growing up.

Report: MassNET Reports on ELA Edtech Tools

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During the 2015-2016 school year, MassNET worked with the Boston-based LearnLaunch Institute (under the umbrella of the Learning Assembly ) to pilot instructional software for English Language Arts with six teams of six to eight teachers in Boston-area elementary and middle school classrooms. It also points to the importance of professional learning communities. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

Reshaping Space, Roles and Routines to Support Children With Trauma

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In 2015, we opened the doors of Roots Elementary to 100 kindergarteners and first graders in the neighborhood. Roots Elementary. Before that I had worked at the Charter School Growth Fund with several of the early visionaries who supported the movement toward personalized learning. But others struggled to find their way in the fluid learning environment and to build close relationships with their peers and teachers.

Driving Change to Personalized Learning? Here’s How Three Leaders Have Done It

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Moving towards personalized learning can be fraught with tension. Putting vision into practice Any school district knows, creating a vision for personalized learning is useless if you do not provide staff the steps to actually get there. Each chart has cheat sheets on how to use each report to target instruction along with what kind of activities their students could do, including online and offline learning activities. Vendors can also easily find the learning standards.

Planning PD Got You Down? 4 Ways Padlet Can Help You Get Your Groove Back

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As an instructional coach, I learned very quickly that if I wanted teachers at my school as engaged as they expected their students to be, it was my responsibility to mix up the way they received information. Although I was sad I wouldn’t be able to use it with my own students, I realized that it could be a beneficial resource for engaging teachers during Professional Development (PD). Hamilton Parks is Assistant Principal at Mauldin Elementary in South Carolina.