professional development

Five Big Changes to the Future of Teacher Education

Five Big Changes to the Future of Teacher Education

| November 22, 2011 | 14 Comments

Getty In the book Teaching 2030 by Barnett Berry and 12 classroom experts, the authors pinpoint specific skills educators will need to teach in the schools of tomorrow. They say teachers must be prepared to find and adapt new technologies to engage the digital generation, as well as work across traditional subject areas using project […]

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A Teacher-Built Technology Tool

A Teacher-Built Technology Tool

| July 5, 2011 | 5 Comments

For all the gadgets and software and devices out there available to educators, what technology do they really need? Do we stop long enough to ask? The exhibition hall at ISTE 2011 was a mammoth affair, but walking up and down the seemingly endless aisles, I wondered which of these are really necessary? The question […]

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Five Progressive Schools of Education

Five Progressive Schools of Education

| June 29, 2011 | 7 Comments

If the way we teach and learn is changing, the way that teachers learn should be changing, too. What are schools of education doing to keep ahead? The following is a handful of examples of teacher education schools and programs whose progressive, tech-infused approach toward 21st century teaching is helping educators enter the classroom well-prepared. […]

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5 Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) for Educators

5 Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) for Educators

| May 19, 2011 | 7 Comments

Professional development and networking are vital in any field, and that’s especially true for educators. Whether it’s coming up with fresh ideas for lesson plans and classroom activities, seeking mentorship and support from veteran educators, or cultivating resources for technology integration or for meeting state standards, teachers need one another’s expertise. That’s why working with […]

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Five Lessons Learned from a New Charter School

Five Lessons Learned from a New Charter School

| May 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

  The Rocketship network of charter Schools in San Jose is fairly new — the first school just opened in 2007. But from an observer’s perspective, a few lessons can be pulled from the way the young network has engineered the design of the school system. Can these ideas be applied to any school, whether […]

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How to Keep Good Teachers in the Game

How to Keep Good Teachers in the Game

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

Engaging, motivated teachers are at the heart of every successful school. For schools like Rocketship, where 75% of teachers come from Teach for America, which recruits mostly recent college grads to commit to two years, finding ways to train and keep them becomes that much more of a priority. What’s their strategy? First, they pay […]

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Schools of Ed Will Train Teachers Like Doctors

Schools of Ed Will Train Teachers Like Doctors

| November 17, 2010 | 2 Comments

Most of us would agree that the success of the American education system is dependent on the strength of good teachers. And in order to create good teachers, we need to change the way we think about their role in society. “We have to elevate the status of a teacher. It’s a huge part of […]

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Teach.gov: Arne Duncan’s Call to Arms

Teach.gov: Arne Duncan’s Call to Arms

| September 27, 2010 | 4 Comments

We got a glimpse into Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s vision for the American public education system Monday during his conversation with journalists at Education Nation. Recruiting qualified educators, and supporting, elevating, and giving incentives to teachers are his top priorities. Anticipating that 1 million baby-boom generation teachers will be retiring in the next few […]

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