Professional Development


U Wisconsin-Madison Launches Web Version of School Administration Improvement Tool

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have launched an online version of the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning, a tool designed to help improve school administration.

Chalk.com Offers Private Professional Learning Platform for Educators

Vetica has launched Chalk.com, a new online community platform for educators. The announcement was made at the SXSWedu conference taking place this week in Austin, TX.

Adobe, Prezi Commit Software Tools for ConnectED Initiative

Adobe reported it will kick in $300 million worth of software and teacher support as part of the Obama administration's ConnectED initiative.

Putting Change on the Backs of Teachers is a Bad, Bad Idea

In a lively dialogue, mobilists Cathie Norris and Elliot Soloway discuss why telling teachers to just "integrate the technology into the curriculum" is a recipe for disaster — and they invite readers to tell their own tech transformation stories.

Miami-Dade To Give Teachers 18 Months of Interactive Whiteboard Training

Miami-Dade County Public Schools plans to implement interactive whiteboards in more than 10,000 classrooms and will provide teachers with an 18-month professional development program designed to help them integrate the technology into their classrooms effectively.

Teacher Evaluations: Principals Need More Support for Effective Implementation

Teacher evaluation systems are being foisted on administrators without the preparation, tools or support needed to make the systems serve their theoretical purpose — improvements in the practice of teaching. "If we expect teacher evaluation to lead to improved instruction and learning in schools, we must provide the tools, resources and knowledge that principals need to implement successful teacher evaluation models," according to Gail Connelly, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Staff Development for Educators Releases New Common Core ELA Course

The course covers essential elements of the standards (including strands, anchor standards and grade articulations) and outlines the goals of the English Language Arts standards.

Research Suggests Professional Development Delivers Better Student Scores

When teachers participate in professional development, students do better in assessments. That's the conclusion of a study undertaken by researchers at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.

AcademicMerit Intros Upgraded Professional Development Platform

FineTune 2.0 aims to help educators enhance their writing evaluation skills.

UTeach STEM Teacher Prep Program Expands with $22.5 Million Grant

The National Math and Science Initiative has expanded the UTeach secondary science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher preparation program to five more universities and will expand again to another five universities in the fall of 2015, bringing the total number of universities implementing the program to 45.

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