Professional Development


Fashioning a Framework for Maker Education

Jaclyn Gerstein will be presenting at two sessions during the ISTE conference: “A Framework for Maker Education: Frontloading and Reflecting on Maker Experiences,” on Sunday, June 25; and “Design Thinking and Universal Design for Learning for Makerspaces, STEM and STEAM” on Monday, June 26.

Colorado Teachers Tap Video Coaching to Strengthen Classroom Instruction

It wasn’t too long ago that instructors within University of Colorado Denver’s ASPIRE to Teach Alternative Teacher Licensure Program would drive from classroom to classroom all over the Centennial State to train new K–12 teachers. Now, the program utilizes video coaching to support more than 200 teachers across 25 school districts statewide.

Only 16 Teacher Prep Programs Ranked as 'Top Tier' in New Report

The NCTQ's latest report, "Landscapes in teacher prep: Undergraduate secondary," found that a widespread problem among the programs knocked off the list were a lack of content preparation for science and social studies teacher candidates.

Teacher Survey: Career Changers Bring Fresh Perspectives to the Profession but Struggle with Classroom Management

A solid third of teachers (34 percent) changed careers to get into the education field. A third of those (36 percent) came from business and management jobs. Among the career changers, 36 percent said they'd always wanted to be a teacher; another 31 percent said they sought a change of pace; and 23 percent said teaching offered a more flexible schedule.

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.

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.

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