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The Principal's Role in Teacher Evaluations - New York Times

The Principal's Role in Teacher Evaluations - New York Times | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Newnan Times-HeraldThe Principal's Role in Teacher EvaluationsNew York TimesBill Gates is writing clearly and sensibly about why teacher data reports should not be released, and even more cogently about the kinds of things we need to put into place...
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Teaching and Professional Development
Many of today’s classrooms are designed and practiced as teaching classrooms, where the actions and learning are focused on and driven by the teacher. Teaching classrooms however, do not match the needs and expectations for 21st Century learning. To be successful in the 21st Century students need to be engaged in learning classrooms, where the actions and learning are focused on student outcomes and classroom practices that strengthen and deepen not only students’ content knowledge but their overall ability to think deeply, communicate, analyze, problem solve, and take responsibility for their learning. - <a href="http://www.TeachnKidsLearn.com" rel="nofollow">www.TeachnKidsLearn.com</a>
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Teaching Mathematics With Rigor and Results, Grades 3-10

Teaching Mathematics With Rigor and Results, Grades 3-10 | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
This comprehensive instructional course provides educators and administrators proven methods to implement a rigorous mathematics culture which will help students to achieve better results an
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The State of EdTech in #Education | EdSurge

The State of EdTech in #Education | EdSurge | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
“Things take longer to happen than they think you will, and then they happen faster than you thought they could.” How teachers and technology are poised to transform education today.
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How Proposed Title I Changes Impact School Funding and Edtech Vendors (EdSurge News)

How Proposed Title I Changes Impact School Funding and Edtech Vendors (EdSurge News) | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which Congress reauthorized in 2015 as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is the federal government’s largest commitment to K-12 education. Congress provides nearly $15 billion in Title I funding every year and, since 1970, the law has be
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A New Model for Teacher Professional Development – Global Perspectives

A New Model for Teacher Professional Development – Global Perspectives | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Teachers who embrace new technologies recognize that professional development (PD) can be achieved in part through collaboration with other…
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The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
The trends and challenges that shape the landscape of education technology are just as important as the technologies themselves.
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Design Thinking in Schools: Building a Generation of Innovators – Designorate

There is a sustaining innovation in some education systems, these future challenges seek a disruptive innovative that can contribute to building a generation programmed to solve problems rather than dealing with them.

When investigating the different routes to achieve this goal, one route seems to be appealing, as it aims to change how we thinking, which aligns with Albert Einstein’s quote: “You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it.” This route is based on design thinking, a methodology that aims to solve problems with a creative approach while putting the user in the center of the process to achieve a user-centered approach.
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Kids Deserve It - Be In The Game - Teacher Tech

Kids Deserve It - Be In The Game - Teacher Tech | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it


The game of education is complex, challenging, filled with bureaucracy and red tape. It’s a tough fight, daily struggles with ups and downs that are sometimes hard to swallow. As educators, there’s a lot we can control within our environments, and there’s also a lot we can’t control.

But sometimes, instead of being a spectator of the game, we need to focus more energy on being a player in the game. You see, players can make moves, they can pass the ball, call in for a sub, get help from the trainer, and they have the independence to move around the field to make plays happen.

The authors of the book Kids deserve it provide some tips for how to have school be the awesome place kids want to be. Build those relationships.


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Standards, Grades And Tests Are Wildly Outdated, Argues 'End Of Average'

Standards, Grades And Tests Are Wildly Outdated, Argues 'End Of Average' | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
A Harvard faculty member argues in his new book that averages tell us nothing useful about individuals. That has big implications for schools.
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Reading and Writing Like Bread and Butter (Gr. K-5)

Reading and Writing Like Bread and Butter (Gr. K-5) | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

This course is intended to provide opportunities for teachers to master implementation of the State Standards for English Language Arts, using various components of Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop in conjunction with writing in response to reading and one-on-one student conferences. Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop consist of a mini-lesson, guided practice, independent practice and a time for reflection. Participants will engage in activities designed to provide an understanding of the key components of the Workshop model, as well as designing a 5 day plan for the ELA block.

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5 Surefire Ways to Engage Students the First Week of School

5 Surefire Ways to Engage Students the First Week of School | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
When students feel a bond with their teachers, they learn! But forging these bonds is tricky. Here are 5 ways to engage students the first week of school.
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The Big Picture Of Reading: In Defense Of Absolute Literacy

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The Big Picture Of Reading: In Defense Of Absolute Literacy

Absolute Literacy, though, is that idea of reading, writing, and thinking, but with the added burden of understanding what’s worth reading, writing, and thinking about–an idea increasingly relevant in an era of social media where a 15-second video can receive two hundred million views, and some of the most important ideas in recorded human history elicit an “LOL” reaction from students

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Teach Mentor Texts: Genre Introductions

Teach Mentor Texts: Genre Introductions | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
At the beginning of each school year, I know I need to acclimate my students to books. Since I teach intensive reading, many of my students are reluctant and struggling readers; that means that they have not been around or fans of books, so my classroom library is a bit overwhelming.

The best way I have found to introduce my students to my classroom library and books in general is a mini-genre study. Read more:
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Lights, Camera, Action: 3 Video Coaching Ideas You Can Implement Next Week (EdSurge News)

Lights, Camera, Action: 3 Video Coaching Ideas You Can Implement Next Week (EdSurge News) | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
You’re excited to implement video observation in your school or district. But how will it fit within your school or district’s professional development plan?
This is a common question for organizations planning to implement a video coaching process. Technology platforms can make classroom observat
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Forecasting K 12 Edtech Adoption, 2015 Edition (EdSurge News)

Forecasting K 12 Edtech Adoption, 2015 Edition (EdSurge News) | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

EVENT HORIZON: The New Media Consortium is back with a new K-12 Horizon Report, which forecasts key trends, opportunities and challenges to the adoption of education technology tools across the world.
Based on input from 56 education and technology experts from 22 countries, the report identifi
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Student Agency: Moving From Talk to Action

Student Agency: Moving From Talk to Action | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

When I reflect back on what we were able to accomplish at New Milford High School, I am overtaken by a great sense of pride. We were able to transform the learning culture of a traditional school and in the process got results while becoming an example that others emulated. This was achieved during a time of tumultuous change as the education reform movement was just gaining steam. Even when doubt entered out minds, which it always does when change is involved, we persevered as a school community thanks to a unified vision that we could better serve our students.

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A Ninja’s Take on Education Policy: Interview With Linda Darling Hammond (EdSurge News)

A Ninja’s Take on Education Policy: Interview With Linda Darling Hammond (EdSurge News) | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Linda Darling-Hammond is something of a ninja in education policy. She founded and currently leads the Learning Policy Institute at Stanford University, where she is a professor emeritus of education. She also founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and helped redesign the St
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Rick Wormeli: Formative Assessment = Formal Feedback

"You have to begin to weigh formative versus summative assessment." Rick Wormeli, author of Fair Isn't Always Equal and Differentiation, explains th
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How Are Kindergarten Teachers Balancing More Rigorous Standards?

How Are Kindergarten Teachers Balancing More Rigorous Standards? | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Veteran kindergarten teachers aren't worried that the content in kindergarten is too difficult, but they do say far too much has been packed into everyday. It's
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How can teachers support and advocate for students in poverty?

How can teachers support and advocate for students in poverty? | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Zaretta is the author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain and describes herself as a former writing teacher turned equity freedom fighter. Her full time role in education now is supporting teachers in closing the achievement gap as they work with culturally and linguistically diverse students. She has a heart for serving students in high poverty schools and has a tremendous amount of wisdom to share on that topic, as well. Thank you, Zaretta, for being a guest on the show!

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Why We Should Stop Grading Students on a Curve

Why We Should Stop Grading Students on a Curve | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it


Turning college into a zero-sum game hurts their chances of succeeding after graduation.

Ask people what’s wrong in American higher education, and you’ll hear about grade inflation. At Harvard a few years ago, a professor complained that the most common grade was an A-. He was quickly corrected: The most common grade at Harvard was an A.

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Let's teach for mastery -- not test scores

Let's teach for mastery -- not test scores | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven't always grasped the basics? Yes, it's complicated, but educator Sal Khan shares his plan to turn struggling students into scholars by helping them master concepts at their own pace. (This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: Education Revolution" which premieres Tuesday, September 13.)
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Throw the cookie cutters away: Remaking high schools for the 21st Century

Throw the cookie cutters away: Remaking high schools for the 21st Century | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Editor’s note: For more than a year, The Hechinger Report has been spending time in high schools across the U.S. trying to learn what can be done to improve dismal graduation rates, along with l
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Pixton Offers a Great Way to Create Engaging Writing Lessons

Pixton Offers a Great Way to Create Engaging Writing Lessons | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

For years I’ve advocated for using comics as a way to get students engaged in the writing process. To many students, creating a comic seem.


Pixton is one of the great tools that students can use to create comics. Pixton provides excellent, free lesson plans to help you get your students engaged in writing through comic creation.

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List of Mentor Text for Writer’s Workshop

List of Mentor Text for Writer’s Workshop | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Mentor texts, especially Author’s Craft mini-lessons can be used just as effectively when students are exploring nonfiction writing, whether it’s a biographical sketch, an informative writing prompt, a ‘how-to’ or other explanatory writing prompts. Interestingly, the very same Author’s Craft strategies used for narrative writing can be used with nonfiction texts as well. For instance, using a question or a strong lead in the beginning or using descriptive words to describe a subject or character. See the following link for additional examples!
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This One Strategy Can Invest Your Teachers In Video Observation - the Edthena blog

This One Strategy Can Invest Your Teachers In Video Observation - the Edthena blog | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
A common concern with organizations new to using video as a tool for classroom observation is how to get their organizations — the coaches and the teachers — comfortable with a video-powered process. We know from experience getting everyone over the initial barrier of having not previously tried video reflection is important to their long term…
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