Educator Mike Schmoker paints a disturbing picture using “brutal facts” to explain why so many students are not learning at high levels. Cathy Gassenheimer says that reading Results Now 2.0 is disturbing but notes Schmoker includes a way out of “the current education quagmire.”
Tagged: professional development
In a time of unprecedented teacher criticism, burnout, and flight, National Board Certification offers an opportunity for teachers to feel empowered and inspired, writes NBCT Marilyn Pryle. Best of all, the challenging, self-directed process helps good teachers become even better.
Grounded in research and real-world situations, The Social-Emotional Learning Playbook by Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher and Dominique Smith supports the social-emotional growth in you, your students and your community, writes Anne Anderson, calling the book “a great PD resource.”
We’ve had so many good reviews of insightful and helpful books during the past 12 months. Here are 20 frequently clicked examples, all written by our pool of educator volunteers across a range of topics, that MiddleWeb visitors found informative and often illuminating.
The Essential Blended Learning PD Planner is written for leaders who seek to implement a building-wide blended learning program. Teacher leader Chris Call gives high marks to the book’s blueprint for incorporating teachers and other stakeholders into large-scale PD planning.
As math coaches and other instructional leaders begin to think about the upcoming school year, they may want to consider Nicora Placa’s teacher team-building activity. It sets the foundation for a successful year of learning collaboratively and improving student group work.
As the weeks of summer spread out before us, teacher educator Curtis Chandler anticipates teachers will enjoy their well-earned break, balance relaxation with productivity, engage in self-selected, unmandated professional development, and reflect on fall’s possibilities.
Whether summer means it’s time to relax, bolster your professional know-how, improve your bank balance, or reconsider your profession, we have suggestions from your educator colleagues and other sources that can help. Plan now!
With its checklists, scenarios, and tools, The PD Book by Elena Aguilar and Lori Cohen is a valuable resource and guide for anyone tapped to become a professional learning provider – either internally or externally, writes adult learning consultant Cathy Gassenheimer.
What would it be like to spend time together with colleagues on a regular basis to learn and improve our teaching skills? To investigate that question, Anne Jolly embarked on a year-long, onsite action research project to design and test a middle school teacher collaboration process.