Professional Development


Cyberattacks Increasing, But Defenders with CS Education Are Not Growing at Same Rate

Cyberattacks appear to be on the rise; however, young professionals equipped with computer science (CS) skills to combat those threats are not growing at the same pace as the need. That’s the assessment from various recent sources and reports, from news sites to companies that track cybersecurity.

How a PD Program is Fixing the STEM ‘Branding Problem’

Framing computer science education in a way that interests both teachers and students could help boost the number of teachers seeking computer science certification and increase STEM achievement across K–12.

Report: PreK–12 PD Market Estimated at $5.3 Billion Through 2021

The PreK–12 professional learning, or development, market is estimated at $5.3 billion through 2020-2021, according to a recent report by market research firm Research and Markets.

Partnering with Universities on STEAM Programs: How Schools Are Doing It (And Why)

University partnerships offer benefits for K–12, especially for STEM and STEAM programs — and not just in the ways you might expect. From expertise and mentoring to hands-on experiences and career exposure, the positive results of working with higher ed faculty impact students and K–12 educators alike.

San Antonio ISD to Open Tech High School

San Antonio Independent School District will be opening a hi-tech high school this fall — the first in a network of industry-led, career-themed schools.

NGSS Issues 'Lessons Learned' for Instructional Materials and PD

Start with a small cohort of teachers; provide professional learning opportunities to all teachers; include school leaders in the training. Those are some of the more obvious best practices tied to professional development for teachers learning how to teach to the Next Generation Science Standards, shared in a new guide published by NGSS.

School Leaders Could Do Better at Using Evaluation Systems for PD Guidance

Just as Dorothy already had what she needed to return home from Oz, schools and districts are already equipped to help teachers identify areas for continuous professional growth; they just need to know how to use their resources — and specifically, their evaluation systems — more effectively.

Adobe Releases Latest Versions of Captivate and Captivate Prime

Adobe has released the latest versions of its e-learning authoring tool, Adobe Captivate, and its learning management system (LMS), Adobe Captivate Prime. The two are designed to be used in conjunction as end-to-end solutions, or as standalone offerings, and are aimed toward specialists in learning and development, training and corporate HR departments.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Commits $320 Million to Help Improve Tech and Financial Capability of Students

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a multinational professional services company, is launching “Access Your Potential,” a five-year, $320 million commitment that will focus on providing tools, training and mentorship to students, educators and guidance counselors across the United States, with the goal of closing the opportunity, education and skills gaps.

Initiative Will Train 20,000 Teachers to Introduce Computational Thinking in CS Education

A new national initiative from Discovery Education and Tata Consultancy Services will provide professional development content to more than 20,000 teachers in the United States so that they can introduce computational thinking concepts in computer science education.

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