Professional Development

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

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 Launch Blended Learning Community for Math Educators

DreamBox Learning and 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.

Mobile Learning: It's Not Just About the Kids; It's Also About the Teachers!

So teachers are told to use computers (laptops, iPad--it doesn’t matter) in a curriculum that was made for pencil-and-paper learning activities. So teachers are given a Learning Management System that makes it harder for them, rather than easier, to deal with student artifacts. What’s wrong with this picture?!?!

Florida District Chooses Nonprofit for Common Core Professional Development

Pinellas County Schools, based in Lagos, FL, is partnering with a nonprofit organization to provide teachers with professional development in preparation for implementation of Common Core State Standards.

Science in the Cloud

Science teachers must continue their own education to stay current. One professional organization that takes an integrated approach to learning, including making use of the cloud, is the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).