Professional Development


Kentucky Initiative Aims to Take Project-Based Learning Program Into a Third of State's Public Schools

Professional development provider PBLWorks has announced a new four-year partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education to provide training and support in project-based learning for educators across the state’s K–12 schools.

Apple Launches New Learning Coach Program and Features for Educators

Apple today announced the launch of its new Apple Learning Coach professional learning program for educators who coach teachers, to help them get the most out of Apple technology and boost student engagement in the process.

Teacher Training and Staffing Firm University Instructors Buys PD Provider PrepForward

University Instructors, a provider of K–12 learning, training, and staffing services, has acquired PrepForward, a Boston-based provider of online K–12 teacher certification prep and professional development, UI said in a news release.

NEO LMS Parent Cypher Learning Launches E-Learning Certification Program

Cypher Learning, a provider of learning platforms for schools, universities, and organizations around the world, today launched a new certification program with courses for administrators and teachers on e-learning strategies to help educators maximize effective use of its NEO learning management system and support online teaching, the company said in a news release.

SchoolStatus Acquires TeachBoost, Creator of Platforms for Educator Observations, Evaluations, and Coaching

K–12 communications and data provider SchoolStatus announced today it has acquired TeachBoost, an ed tech company whose tools support educator observations, evaluations, and coaching, according to a news release.

HR Priorities Now Led By Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Support, PowerSchool Study Shows

A new survey of K–12 human resources professionals shows that districts’ top priorities have shifted from COVID-19 procedures and online learning to teacher recruitment, staff well-being, and teacher retention, amid a growing focus on professional development access for teachers and administrative tech solutions.

Teacher Training and Expanded Student Lessons Added to Free Pathfinders Computer Science Learning Platform

Infosys Foundation USA has launched a new Springboard digital skills initiative in the United States to provide educators, students, and aspiring professionals with free training and instructional content in computer science, and it includes expanded computer science, coding, and design lessons for K–12 students; streamable coding lessons for K–5 classrooms; and professional development content for teachers to learn how to teach computer science with no prior experience in the subject.

ED Announces $35M Competition to Boost Teacher Pipeline, Increase Diversity and Equity

The U.S. Department of Education today announced it will award $35 million in competitive grants through the Teacher Quality Partnership program, intended to expand the pool of well-prepared new teachers, promote diversity in the educator workforce, and bring a wide range of experiences into the classroom to support students.

Veritas Capital to Purchase Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in $2.8B Deal

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co., a provider of K–12 core curriculum, supplemental and intervention solutions, and professional learning services, today announced it is being acquired by private investment firm Veritas Capital in a deal valued at $2.8 billion.

Carolina Biological Launching Certified OpenSciEd Middle School Units and CTE

Carolina Biological, a supplier of instructional materials for science classes, on Tuesday unveiled new “certified” print and digital versions of OpenSciEd science instructional units for grades 6–8, including complete lab kits and flexible purchase options for schools, the company said in a news release.

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