Professional Development


Digital Promise Issues Instructional Coaching Playbook

Digital Promise has developed a guide to help schools and districts develop their teacher coaching programs. The "Instructional Coaching Playbook" covers why coaches are needed and how to develop or improve a successful coaching program.

Google Launches Free Curriculum for Certified Ed Tech Coach Credential

Google has kicked off a new Google for Education Certified Coach Program, for instructional coaches, and specifically the individuals who work with educators to help them integrate technology appropriately into their instruction.

Dallas ISD Gets Elementary CS Education via Amazon

Dallas Independent School District will be delivering computer science professional development to teachers in all of its elementary schools, thanks to an arrangement with Amazon.

Nonprofit to Offer 'Micro-Endorsement' PD through BloomBoard

The programs align with district salary schedules and cost less than traditional graduate degrees.

U Phoenix and Blackboard Host Virtual Teaching Academy

The Virtual Teaching Academy, an initiative by the University of Phoenix and Blackboard, is intended to help educators develop a blueprint for teaching in the next school year.

SETDA Produces Coalition to Support Online Learning

SETDA, the State Educational Technology Directors Association, has produced the "Coalition for eLearning," to help state leaders and others make decisions about how to respond to school closures in the face of COVID-19.

Student Privacy for Educators: FPF Launches Microlearning Video Series

The series touches on the basics of how federal and state privacy laws affect teachers and staff, how to decrease the most common privacy risks and how to improve the transparency of what schools do with student data.

Project to Examine Viability of 'Lead Teacher' Credential for Early Childhood Educators

Should lead teachers in early childhood education have their own credential? A new feasibility study is underway to research the practicality of that idea.

Science of Reading (Finally) Becoming Mainstream in Teacher Prep Programs

For the first time, a majority of elementary teacher education programs have adopted the tenets of reading science in their curriculum.

Teachers Like Coaching for PD, but Impact Could be Greater

In a national online survey of 1,246 coaches, administrators and teachers, nearly nine in 10 said they found value in coaching as a form of professional development. More than half (52 percent) said it was "highly" or "very" valuable to them. And exactly half reported that coaching had a positive impact on their practice to a "large" or "great" extent.

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