Professional Development

5 Ways to Build Real Teacher-Student Connections for the Year Ahead

Summer is the time for many educators to reboot, relax, and re-energize for the upcoming school year. We do this in different ways. Some attend conferences, participate in webinars, or read up on educational trends to learn and grow before putting their newly-acquired knowledge into practice in September.

3 Practical Resources to Help Teachers Integrate SEL and Academics

Over Memorial Day weekend, I was with two of my friends who coach teachers at a San Francisco Bay Area school district. They told me that while there is a lot of talk about social-emotional learning (SEL), the guidance educators receive about integrating SEL into academics is more theoretical than practical.

With 38 Students Per Class, Teachers Undergo Social-Emotional Development For Themselves

This weekend, while some teachers kick their feet up to begin summer vacation, educators in Washoe, Nev. are rallying. They hope to build support for pro-education government officials who will turn the tide on district budget cuts and overcrowded classrooms.

How an LMS Can Solve Professional Learning's Challenges—and Keep Master Teachers Engaged

The idea of using a learning management system (LMS) to deliver professional learning and development to K-12 educators is not new—but it’s not quite mainstream, either. Face-to-face is still the ascendant modality, but LMS-for-PD is gaining serious traction, thanks to the efforts of educational IT innovators like Ken Dirkin.

The One Thing Innovative School Leaders Must Do Before School Ends

For better or worse, another school year is winding down. For school leaders who have been hoping to kick off a new, student-centered approach to teaching, that means you have to act fast. The whole idea of student-centered, personalized learning may seem like a long and daunting task—and perhaps it is—but there is one small step that can lay the groundwork for a culture of generativity.

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