Professional Development

Blended Schools Network To Launch MOOC for Online Teachers

Blended Schools Network, a non-profit focused on online learning, will launch a massive open online course to help teachers improve their curation of online learning materials and strengthen their professional networks.

Indian River State College Prepares K-12 Educators with New Online Learning Courses

In an effort to better prepare the state's K-12 educators for online instruction, Indian River State College (IRSC) will create a series of courses designed to overview the various methods associated with teaching and learning in the virtual environment.

North Carolina State U To Offer MOOC for School District Leaders

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University have launched a massive open online course for educators called Digital Learning Transition, which is designed to help school district leaders develop a set of digital learning goals and strategies to meet the needs of their students.

Amplify Insight Creating Digital Library of Assessment Tools for Smarter Balanced

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has given a $12.5 million contract to Amplify Insight (formerly known as Wireless Generation) to develop a digital library of formative assessment practices and professional learning resources for teachers.

Learning Forward Unveils Free Common Core Professional Development Lessons

Nonprofit organization Learning Forward has released four free online professional learning units focused on implementing Common Core State Standards.

Sophia Intros Free iPad Training for Educators

Teachers learn how to build lesson plans and increase student learning using iPads through a new free certification course from Sophia.org

Eduplanet21 Updates Professional Development Platform for Improved User Experience

Since launching in 2011, Eduplanet21 has leveraged user feedback to inform continued improvements to their social learning platform. According to a recent announcement, the company has rolled out new features and user interface changes intended to improve user engagement and collaboration.

Adobe Re-Launches Online Community for Educators

Following a site analysis and evaluation of user feedback, Adobe has re-launched Education Exchange, its free online community for educators with new features, including social media capabilities, and a new design. is available now, after the company evaluated user feedback and conducted a site analysis.

DreamBox Learning and edWeb.net Launch Blended Learning Community for Math Educators

DreamBox Learning and edWeb.net have partnered to launch a new online professional learning community (PLC), Blended Learning, which is intended to support educators who are exploring and implementing blended learning models for elementary math.

Lucid Data Launches Web-Based Teacher Evaluation and Observation System

Lucid Data has released a new Web-based teacher evaluation, observation, and self-assessment system for its PDExpress professional development management system.