Liberty County School District has taken its teacher evaluation and professional development processes from paper-based to digital in an effort to provide more timely and relevant feedback to teachers.
To streamline its teacher evaluation process, Butler County School District in Greenville, AL will adopt a Web-based service designed to improve teacher effectiveness and instructional practice.
- By Sharleen Nelson
A recent report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) rating teacher education programs has been widely criticized by the education community.
Science, technology, engineering, and math teachers who are seeking instruction in how to use social media in their teaching can now enroll in a free, online mini-course offered by the New Media Consortium.
Teaching Channel, a non-profit teacher development site that hosts instructional videos for teachers, has launched Teaching Channel Teams, a collaborative professional development platform for schools, districts, and states where teachers and teacher leaders can work together in a secure environment.
More than 98% of high school classrooms have internet access, yet teachers routinely assign projects created with paper, glue, and scissors. Using these great Web 2.0 tools, even the least tech savvy teachers and students can easily produce high quality work that is meaningful.
A new extensive report out by the National Council on Teacher Quality says that only four institutions of higher education in the United States out of 1,130 deserve the highest rating in its evaluation of teacher education programs.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Teachers at a remote district in rural Alaska access a wealth of online professional development through the state’s Alaska Staff Development Network.
- By Jennifer Demski
Despite increasingly widespread adoption of technologies in virtually every aspect of K-12 education, significant challenges are preventing widespread effective implementation. According to researchers, though some of those challenges are systemic and some related to the technologies themselves, teachers and education leaders share in the blame as well.
Virginia's Goochland County Public Schools has decided not to implement a home-grown system it recently developed for doing teacher evaluations; instead it will adopt a version of software currently in use in numerous Indiana school districts.
- By Dian Schaffhauser