Professional Development

At Google’s Atlanta Offices, Georgia Educators Strive to Design a Culture of Innovation

ATLANTA--Dr. Caitlin Dooley smiled approvingly as members of the state's leadership team strolled past the bright-red decor splattered throughout Google’s offices in Atlanta. This Monday, the deputy superintendent for the Georgia Department of Education lead 30 school leaders through a design thinking workshop hosted by the company. This was the first time that most of them have stepped foot into the Google offices, or heard the term “design thinking.”

PD for Writing Teachers: STEM Workshops, Rockstar Camps, Twitter and More!

“Must be nice to have summers off!” All teachers hear this statement multiple times in their careers. Indeed, as an English teacher at University High School in Irvine, I glory in my summers—but not to sleep in or binge on Netflix or even to travel for weeks at a time. Rather, I recharge myself with self-designed PD.

Jay-Z, Kanye, and MLK—Using Lyrics and Literary Devices to Teach Students to Write

Cree was scribbling aimlessly with her head down in an intentional posture that made it impossible to make eye contact with me. It was the third quarter of the school year and I was standing at the front of her ninth grade English class. Literary non-fiction was the unit, which meant the students were learning about essays, articles, and speeches. On that particular day, the class was set to examine speeches from Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From Personalized Math to Micro-Schools, This NewSchools Cohort Is Reimagining Learning

How do you find educators who want to completely rethink our notions of what a school is and design something entirely new?That was the question gnawing at Scott Benson two years ago when he ran into his friend—and fellow senior leader in education—Aylon Samouha in a hallway at the iNACOL conference in Orlando.

Want to Give Students More Voice and Choice? Start with Teachers

Stop me if you’ve seen this one before: In an effort to encourage teachers to abandon traditional, lecture-style instruction in favor of next-generation learning models, we sit them down and ask them to listen for an hour or two. Or, in other words, we lecture teachers on the merits of ditching the lecture.

Every Teacher Should Have a Blog - Still True

Almost ten years ago I published a little cartoon to illustrate one of the reasons that every teacher should have a blog. It's still as true today as it was nearly ten years ago. Take a look...

For Place-Based Instruction, Start with Place-Based Professional Development

Montana is called Big Sky Country for a reason. It’s a state filled with vast open spaces between the mountains, plains, rivers, and ranches. Nearly half the population lives in rural communities, including Dixon where I serve as principal. As a result, there are many challenges to keeping continuity and consistency across students’ educational experiences and to ensuring equity.

Coming Soon: Edcamps, Brought to You by the Letters PBS

The do-it-yourself conference is coming to your local public broadcaster, as part of a new venture between the Edcamp Foundation and PBS Education. Between now and May, 10 local PBS affiliates will host a series of specially branded events, called PBS Edcamps, aimed at educators and caregivers of students in Pre-K through third grade.

To Leverage Tech in Writing Instruction, This Superintendent Channeled Justin Bieber

As an educator, Jared Cotton has worn nearly as many hats as Dr. Seuss’s Bartholomew Cubbins—elementary math and science teacher, assistant principal, principal, district director of assessment and accountability, assistant superintendent, superintendent. There is little in his CV to suggest someone who might also be a begrudging admirer of Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber.But there is something.

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