Professional Development

The Innovation Project Offers PD Resources to North Carolina Teachers

North Carolina educators will now have access to professional development resources through a new collaboration between The Innovation Project (TIP), a nonprofit collaborative focused on transformative education practices, and online professional learning provider Teaching Channel. The project, part of TIP's Reimagining Teacher Talent (RTT) program, is funded by a $21 million Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

RTT will connect 79 North Carolina schools in eight districts in a "networked improvement community" (NIC), promoting equitable access to education resources and opportunities as well as working to further educators' professional growth and build a diverse educator workforce, according to a news announcement. NIC members will have access to leadership academies, professional learning communities, and individual and peer coaching. NIC districts will also partner with historically Black colleges and universities to foster equity-driven recruitment and retention systems. The ultimate goal: to recruit, develop, and retain teachers, teacher leaders, and principals as a key factor boosting student achievement.

The Teaching Channel platform will provide access to more than 1,800 videos demonstrating exemplary teaching practices, tools for reflection, collaboration, and coaching, and downloadable teaching guides.

"We're proud to partner with Teaching Channel, which has a proven track record of empowering teachers to improve their practice," said Sharon Contreras, CEO of TIP, in a statement. "Together, we'll help teachers throughout North Carolina transform the lives of thousands of students."

"We're honored to join TIP in carrying out this important, transformative work," commented Don Rescigno, managing director at Teaching Channel. "We look forward to engaging this dedicated group of educators with our award-winning video-based platform to foster a culture of continuous learning, coaching, and self-reflection that ultimately improves student outcomes."

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