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How Teachers are Owning Their Professional Learning

The Power of Time: How Teachers in Fresno Are Owning Their Professional Learning

April 5, 2016 | Professional Development

When it comes to professional development, teachers are the experts on what works and what doesn’t. But teachers often face insufficient time and inadequate resources, making their desire for meaningful professional learning experiences fall short of reality. Our teachers—and our students—deserve better. As one of 14 districts and charter management…

A Rural District’s Path to Student Success

March 11, 2016 | Professional Development

By Kathryn Hunt When the South Bend School District in Washington State gave the district’s 39 teachers $500 each to pursue individual professional development linked to their specific goals, Julie Haugan knew just what she wanted to do.  An English teacher, she enrolled in a university class for Advanced Placement…

Education Week: Are Teachers Getting the Right Kind of Common-Core PD?

February 2, 2016 | Professional Development

By Stephen Sawchuck, “Well ... yes and no, according to a pair of new surveys from the RAND Corporation, a research and analysis firm. Teachers do seem to be getting a lot of professional development aligned to the common core in both English language arts and math. The problem is…

new report beyond professional development

New Report: Beyond Professional Development

January 14, 2016 | Professional Development

From leading Australian researcher Ben Jensen, the new report Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Systems analyzes the way four high-performing systems provide professional learning to their teachers. Shanghai, British Columbia, Singapore, and Hong Kong all score near the top of all jurisdictions tested in mathematics, reading and science…