While states have all kinds of requirements laying out how teachers should be prepared for the classroom, they don’t often give back information on how those teachers do in the classroom that could lead to improvements in their educator preparation programs.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Ten middle school science teachers were recently selected for a professional development and networking program led by researchers and education leaders in Kentucky that aims to reach and inspire future scientists.
To jump start a discussion on teacher PD, the NEA (National Education Association) and professional learning companies Corwin and Learning Forward conducted a survey of more than 6,300 teachers nationwide.
A new badging feature has been added to Performance Matters’ Professional Development Management solution, enabling school districts to define, create, manage and issue badges for teacher PD.
A Colorado state-funded program recently released a guide to help district leaders, educators, policymakers and other stakeholder implement blended learning in K–12 schools.
The Arkansas Department of Education has teamed up with a professional development provider Solution Tree to expand professional learning communities within schools.
COpilot now offers video-powered PD through Edthena. Educators can use the platform to upload videos of their classroom instruction and then share those videos with coaches who can give timestamped comments categorized as questions, suggestions, strengths and notes.
Google for Education is offering up $6.5 million through Google.org to support a pilot program called the Dynamic Learning Project led by Digital Promise. With help from EdTechTeam, participating middle schools will gain a classroom coach that’ll assist teachers and principals with integrating tech in teaching and learning.
Los Angeles math teacher and tutor Huzefa Kapadia has created eight catchy music videos that explain fundamental and sometimes complicated math concepts, such as permutations and combinations, slope intercepts and the quadratic formula.
Teachers, materials, students — the big 3 of K–12. Materials (1-to-1, OER-based textbooks) are changing dramatically, but teachers and teaching is about to be disrupted in the Christensen-sense. Machine learning will drive personalized learning into America’s schools. On that you can rely!
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway