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From EdCamps to Google, 11 Professional Development Offerings for Teachers This Summer

As testing comes to a close, the next big event for educators on the horizon is summer vacation. Yes, fill your schedule with cookouts and sunbathing, but also make time for some professional development this break.To help you stay sharp while getting that much-needed vitamin D, we have a gathered a list of professional development activities geared towards teachers, offered for free or at relatively low-cost.

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Forward Failures, Future of Work and What’s (Not) the Next Big Thing in Edtech

For the past few years, the annual NewSchools Venture Fund Summit has surfaced some of the resonant themes echoing in education reform: A few years ago, it featured the likes of billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and venture capitalist John Doerr. Later, conversations around equity and diversity dominanted. So what about this year?

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This Year’s ASU+GSV Summit Is Hard to Describe. Here’s Our Best Attempt.

Morning yoga, evening karaoke. No, it’s not a spa vacation. Between those bookends, the ASU+GSV Summit, now in its 8th year, is fueled by nonstop mingling and convening. This is the edtech industry’s premier financial conversation, packed with more than 4,100 people and 350 CEOs.Topics ranged from early childhood to lifelong learning. Shop talk was increasingly led by international participants from Paris to Israel—and especially from China, whose global ambitions are undisguised and undeniable.

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‘It’s A Blockbuster Moment’: How One Author Wants to Make Academia More Memorable

Most of what we experience in our daily lives is easily forgotten. Even great and impressionable moments can turn out to be fleeting and eventually fade from memory.But occasionally, moments and the lessons they come with can stick for a lifetime. Author Dan Heath says creating more moments like these in the classroom can help students learn. And he believes that both K-12 and higher-ed instructors can make that happen.

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Data is Good—But Not Enough—to Improve Education, Says Baltimore City Public Schools CEO

Sonja Brookins Santelises, the CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, sent a message to the teachers, principals, system leaders and non-profit professionals in the audience at her keynote on Wednesday: improvement science must be used in the context of a community’s individuals. It’s not about “fairy dust” or “easy answers.”

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Top Tips for Successfully Navigating a Jobs Fair

You’re wearing your best business casual; your resume is printed; your business cards are ready to go. You walk into a room lined with company banners and hiring managers ready to give out free pens and candy to attract their perfect candidate. How do you make the most of those two hours? How do you set yourself apart from 300 other job seekers? As one of the leaders of EdSurge's Jobs Team, I've been on both sides and yes, I'm here to give you the skinny to help you get as much as possible from those two hours.

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Udacity VP of Learning: ‘We Never Start Anything Out of Academic Interest’

A red carpet and a self-driving car were just a few of the things attendees saw on Tuesday at Intersect, the third annual conference put on by online learning provider Udacity. Amid the futuristic glitz and glamour, the company announced plans to roll out a new set of short-term series of online courses, called Nanodegrees, all in part of the company’s growing push towards jobs-training.

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How the City of Atlanta Is Reaching the Community Through Science

Students and parents, eager to embark on one of the 100 events held by the Atlanta Science Festival, bustled through the revolving doors of Georgia State University’s (GSU) Petit Science Center in Downtown Atlanta.

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From Data Breaches to Hurricanes: Information Technology Leaders Gather to Plan For the Worst

Unlike other conferences that often mince inspirational speeches with grandiose plans, the COSN (Consortium for School Networking) Conference in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday kicked off with a sobering start: “Don’t think a disaster will never happen to you,” Valerie Truesdale, associate superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Louisiana, said during a management session. “It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when.”

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Are AI-Powered Chatbot Tutors the Future of Textbooks?

The mellow atmosphere at this year's SXSW EDU didn’t stop Day 3 keynoter danah boyd from lighting up Twitter and sparking countless conference-floor conversations on the merits of media literacy and how to think critically about critical thinking. A refreshing diversion into intellectualism, boyd’s talk was the clear highlight of a day that seemed almost to hum by on its own accord. (Read our full coverage of her remarks here.)

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