professional learning

6 Ways to Improve Professional Learning – Education Article

No matter your position in education, you have gone through some form of professional development. In many cases, the act of being “developed” comes in a variety of standard types such as workshops, mandated PD days, presentations, conferences, book studies, or keynotes. Many of these are often the one and done variety or conducted in a drive-by manner. Now, don’t get me wrong; some educators find value in the experiences I have outlined above and have gone on to change…

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A Principal’s Reflections: The Ascent to Growth – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Ascent to Growth The Ascent to Growth I genuinely believe that most people want to get better in their professional role and they find comfort in growth. Who doesn’t want to make a difference while moving up the career ladder?  However, I say most because complacency, lack of motivation, or not being passionate about the work or the job can inhibit a drive to seek ways to improve.  Since the minority falls in this category, let’s…

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Blogging With Students Teacher Challenge – Education Article

It’s back to school season in the Northern Hemisphere and for many teachers, this means considering a virtual space for your classroom. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to have a class blog or get your students publishing online but you don’t know where to start? There’s no better time to begin than right now! Up until the end of October, we’re offering a free Edublogs Pro subscription to all educators who complete our Blogging With Students course. Blogging With Students is…

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#NotAtISTE? How To Participate In ISTE 2019 Remotely – The Edublogger – Education Article

It’s almost that time of year again when thousands of educators and ed tech folks gather at the The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. ISTE is a non-profit organization that serves educators interested in technology in education and the annual ISTE Conference and Expo is the biggest educational technology conference in the World. ISTE 2019 is being held on June 23-26 in Philadelphia. If you’re like us, and not able to attend ISTE 2019, you are still able…

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The Path to Reading Requires Quality Curriculum – Education Article

By: Stephanie Stephens, Tricia Parker and Liisa Potts  Here’s a hard fact: A staggering 60 percent of fourth grade students in the United States are struggling to read. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, one-third of fourth-graders and one quarter of eighth-graders aren’t reading at a basic level. Fewer than 40 percent are proficient or advanced. These numbers are even more concerning when we look at the significant proficiency gaps based on race and income and we realize that these gaps have barely moved…

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5 ways to improve instructional coaching today – Education Article

Instructional coaching can be a powerful framework for teacher professional development, but not all coaching is created equally. As a beneficiary of a Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program (TSL) Grant, the Marion County School District has been working to improve instructional coaching practices, with great success. Here are the changes we’ve made that have had the most impact.  1) Focus your PLC meetings. In the past, our professional learning community (PLC) meetings were fairly unstructured. Teachers would show up,…

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4 Easy Ways To Improve Professional Learning – Education Article

Professional learning for educators comes in many flavors: Face-to-face, blended, online Content-driven, instructional practices, Edtech focused Faculty meeting, half-day, conference session If we were all to think long enough we could come up with a list of the best professional learning we’ve participated in and what made it great. For me it was learning where I connected to the presenter and the presentation immediately. And where the presenter helped me make connections to what I was learning and why it…

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Update: North Dakota Innovation Academy | @mcleod – Education Article

Back in October I blogged that CASTLE and I were launching a 7-day Innovation Academy for school leaders in North Dakota. Generously supported by Ted Dintersmith and in cooperation with the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders, the goal was to kick off a three-year investment in leadership capacity-building across the state for future-ready learning, teaching, and schooling. I thought it might be time for a quick update… We are three days into the Innovation Academy, with Day 4 coming up…

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May 2019: Extend your professional learning with online tools – Education Article

Professional Development by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images We all have participated in formal professional development days at school. Even if the topic is carried over for several PD sessions, the trainings sometimes leave you with questions or needed follow-up to learn more about the topic. Fear not! You can continue to learn on your own using simple online tools and have access to experts from all over the world to help you out. In addition, you can help others…

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Podcast: Exploring Inquiry with Kimberly Mitchell – Education Article

Today, the Getting Smart team is talking with Kimberly Mitchell about her new book, Experience Inquiry: 5 Powerful Strategies, 50 Practical Experiences, that explores five strategies any teacher or parent can use to promise inquiry and curiosity. Kimberly Mitchell experienced her first inquiry-based lesson watching a colleague at an international school in Quito Ecuador — and been hooked by the power of inquiry ever since! After working with teachers around the world on developing great inquiry practices, she started Inquiry…

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A Principal’s Reflections: Chase Growth, Not Perfection – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Chase Growth, Not Perfection Chase Growth, Not Perfection Perfection is something many people chase after. Educators are no different, but more on this later. In sports, there are only defined scenarios when perfection can be achieved. A pitcher can deliver a perfect game if he or she gives up no hits or walks and the fielders commit no errors. In bowling, a 300-game consisting of all strikes is also a sign of perfection.  Outside of sports, it…

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Nine Faculty Trends to Watch in 2019 – Education Article

By: Eran Ben-Ari In 2018 higher education’s attention was on student activism, debates about safe spaces, and the regulation of for-profit colleges. Faculty members were at the center of many of those conversations and I expect they will continue to be the hub of many of the trends emerging in 2019. To peek ahead, here are nine faculty trends to watch in the coming year. 1. The Revival of the Socratic Method Expect more faculty members to balk at the…

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A Principal’s Reflections: Why Connect? – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Why Connect? Why Connect? I was honored to have been interviewed for Educational Leadership, ASCD’s flagship magazine, on the power of Twitter as part of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). You can read the article HERE.  Since only snippets of my responses were embedded into the piece I wanted to share the specific questions that were asked and my thoughts on each. As you will see, the true power of connected learning is what you glean from…

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