Professional Development


How an Educator’s Persistence Led to a Student Leadership Initiative & the Most Popular Minecraft Edu Game of All Time

When Felisa Ford and her instructional tech colleagues in Atlanta had trouble getting the district's teachers on board with using Minecraft: Education Edition, she created a student ambassador program to empower young Minecraft experts to coach other students and teachers, and it was so successful that Microsoft started a learning path for educators to sponsor their own local student ambassador programs. Then came Good Trouble.

Not Into Video Games? Here's How to Let Students Lead on Teaching with Minecraft: Education Edition

The Minecraft Student Ambassador Sponsor Program helps educators create a Minecraft Student Ambassador Program at their school or district, and helps prepare those young Minecraft experts to coach and assist students and teachers who are new to the game, so more classrooms can benefit from the game’s 700-plus “worlds” or lesson-based games.

Four Simple Steps to Adding SEL to Any Classroom

A social-emotional learning specialist explains how any educator can begin teaching social-emotional learning in their classroom in four simple steps: planning to pause, practicing, tracking it, and finally, by talking about it.

Annual Camp Promethean Free Virtual Learning Event for Educators is Thursday

Ed tech provider Promethean will host its annual Camp Promethean virtual professional learning event on Thursday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT, and participation is free for educators, the company said in a news release.

Verizon to Add 50 More Learning Labs and 50 More Innovative Learning Schools

Verizon is celebrating 10 years of its digital inclusion-focused education initiative by announcing that the telecommunications company will launch Verizon Innovative Learning Labs in 50 more Title I schools this fall and is adding 50 new Title I schools to its Innovative Learning Schools program, bringing the program’s total reach to 561 schools nationwide, the company said.

ED and ISTE Launch Initiative to Improve Tech Proficiency of New Teachers to Increase Digital Equity

The International Society for Technology in Education and the U.S. Department of Education have launched an initiative to help educator preparation programs update their curriculum and methods to ensure new teachers enter the workforce with the digital learning skills needed to lead equitable learning in modern tech-enabled classrooms, the organizations announced today.

Riverside Insights Acquires Aperture Education

Riverside Insights, a provider of ability assessments and standardized tests for K–12 schools, has acquired SEL assessment firm Aperture Education, Riverside announced today.

How An Iowa Teacher is Leveling Up to Meet His State's New Computer Science Curriculum Mandates

A teacher in Iowa describes how he and other educators not trained in computer science have leveled up and completed training so they can teach the computer science courses being added to high schools across Iowa to meet a new state requirement that takes effect this fall.

Education Advanced Acquires Standard For Success, Expands Line of Solutions for K-12 Administration

K–12 operations management software provider Education Advanced today announced it has acquired Indiana-based Standard For Success, a provider of education evaluation and feedback software that was founded by teachers in 2011.

Presentation Proposals Sought for Aperture 2022 SEL Vision Summit; Deadline is May 13

SEL assessment provider Aperture Education is accepting presentation proposals through May 13 for its 2022 SEL Vision Summit. The virtual event focused on professional development is scheduled for Nov. 3, 2022, themed “Leading a Legacy.”

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