Professional Development

To Accelerate Student Learning, We Must First Understand How to Improve Teaching

Why the largest driver of student achievement is the effectiveness of the teacher and how to best train teachers to improve those levers.

Aperture Launches Free SEL Workshops

Aperture Education, which provides social and emotional learning (SEL) tools for K–12, has launched a new series of free workshops for educators focused on key competencies of SEL.

$1.5 Million Fund Will Support Video Coaching and Observation

Edthena has created a $1.5 million fund to support districts' efforts to implement video coaching and video observation as part of their professional learning initiatives.

NWEA Expands to Professional Learning, School Improvement Services

NWEA, the ed tech nonprofit probably best known for its MAP assessments, is expanding its services into professional development and school improvement services.

Free Online Academy to Teach Safety Protocols to New Science Teachers

A company that sells scientific equipment has launched a set of training sessions specifically for new science teachers. The "New Teacher Academy," produced by Flinn Scientific, will introduce educators with three years or fewer of teaching experience to basics of science safety.

Arizona Brings Discovery Ed Platform to Schools Across the State

The Arizona Department of Education has partnered with Discovery Education to provide Discovery's Experience platform to all teachers and students throughout the state.

ALAS Creates Leadership Academy for Women Superintendents

Applications are now open for a new leadership academy being offered through the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS).

Free Resources Aimed at Improving Data Literacy

SAS has launched a course designed to teach K–12 educators new strategies for understanding and communicating data to students. SAS also created a set of separate resources for K–12 educators “aimed at helping digital native students also become data natives as well.”

Khan Academy, Adobe Partner to Provide Free Learning Resources

Adobe and Khan Academy have teamed up for the development of “new, free online learning resources that foster creative and critical thinking skills, helping all students reach their potential and ultimately, be better prepared for college and career pathways.” As part of the effort, Khan has named Adobe its creative partner. Adobe will contribute $1 million toward the development of content.

Academic Aptitude and Diversity in Teacher Training Programs Not Conflicting Aims

A new study has found no basis to the idea that drawing top students into teacher education programs will damage program diversity.