Teaching and Professional Development
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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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Should We Get Rid of Grade Levels: A Personalized Learning Recipe

Should We Get Rid of Grade Levels: A Personalized Learning Recipe | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Public schools play a huge role in developing learners to be successful when they leave school. So why are charters and private schools considered the best places for “personalized learning”?
The problem with the current public education model is that it was created for the industrial revolutio
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Why Teachers Participate in Twitter Chats (and What's Coming Next)

Why Teachers Participate in Twitter Chats (and What's Coming Next) | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Teachers who want to expand their knowledge, share instructional resources, and interact with others who have complementary professional interests ar
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Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment | Edudemic

Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment | Edudemic | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Assessments themselves have been vilified, when, in fact, it’s why assessments are given and how the data is used that is really the issue
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Researchers Probe Equity, Design Principles in Maker Ed.

Researchers Probe Equity, Design Principles in Maker Ed. | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Encouraging students to draw not just on their own internal skills and experiences, but also assets from individuals and community is a key to successful "maker" education, research suggests.
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Few trends in K-12 ed tech are as hot—or as underresearched—as "maker" education. What are your thoughts?
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White House launches $100 million program to expand free community college

White House launches $100 million program to expand free community college | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
The Obama administration announces a new $100 million competitive grants program to stimulate the expansion of free community college programs and connect college graduates to in-demand jobs.
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Excellent News on the education front.
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30 Habits Of Highly Effective Teachers

30 Habits Of Highly Effective Teachers | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

What students take away from a successful education usually centers on a personal connection with a teacher who instilled passion and inspiration for their subject. It’s difficult to measure success, and in the world of academia, educators are continually re-evaluating how to quantify learning. But the first and most important question to ask is: Are teachers reaching their students?


Here are 25 things successful educators do differently.

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María José's comment, May 5, 2016 11:53 AM
It calls my attention as there are details that we do not take into account. Being a teacher is a wonderful experience!
Teach n' Kids Learn's comment, May 6, 2016 7:18 AM
I totally agree Maria. Teaching another person is the most fulfilling experience one can have.
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How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix (EdSurge Guides)

How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix (EdSurge Guides) | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Personalized learning is on the rise for learners in our schools. Redesigned schools include personal learning plans, playlists of content tailored to fit each learner, adaptive curriculum, and access to learning anytime and anywhere. That's great for students but what about teachers? Where's the pe
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 21, 2016 9:46 AM
What does that mean? I experienced writing up a professional development plan each year and for the last decade being told what I would do. It was about figuring out how to learn what I wanted based on my teaching and the students in front of me.
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Professional Growth Made Easy For Teachers - Ashland University and Teach n’ Kids (TKL) Learn Forge Exciting New Partnership - Teach ’n’ Kids Learn

Professional Growth Made Easy For Teachers - Ashland University and Teach n’ Kids (TKL) Learn Forge Exciting New Partnership - Teach ’n’ Kids Learn | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Providing Teachers with High Quality Online Graduate Level Courses Ashland University, Ashland Ohio, April 19, 2016 – Ashland University’s Professional Development Services has announced an exciting new partnership with Teach n’ Kids Learn Inc. providing comprehensive, innovative online professional learning courses. This partnership is a perfect combination of the market-leading strengths of both companies. Like …
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Getting to Know Gen Z: Exploring a New Generation’s Expectations for Higher Education

Research shows that each generation sees more value in a college education than the one before. Even with the rising cost of higher education, this next generation of college students—Generation Z—is no exception. However, Gen Z does have different preferences and expectations for learning than previous generations. Colleges and universities need to have a solid understanding of this generation in order to meet their expectations and, ultimately, enhance recruitment and retention.
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Technology and 21st Century Learning.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Technology and 21st Century Learning. | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
There are many in the world of education (not to forget the corporate powerhouses in the technology industry) who believe that the world was re-created on 1st January 2000 but it is necessary for educators to recognize that there is not a single story and to think critically about the place of technology in our…
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Modeling with Mathematics through Three-Act Tasks - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Modeling with Mathematics through Three-Act Tasks - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Through personal experience, I have learned that for all the emphasis placed on the SMP, the modeling with mathematics standard has proved most elusive in its understanding.

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International companies team up to strengthen school performance with content and assessments

International companies team up to strengthen school performance with content and assessments | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Lincoln Learning Solutions and Certica Solutions today announced they will fill an essential gap for schools and students by marrying top-notch curriculum content with effective monitoring and assessments.


"This is a dynamic partnership," Lincoln Learning Solutions President, Bob Clements, said. "While we are proud of the powerful, personalized curriculum we offer on its face, we know that teachers need to be able to monitor the progress of their students in order to recommend and execute proper intervention strategies. Certica and its Formative Assessment Item Bank provide that key."

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New Federal Policies For Education Of Homeless Children To Take Effect Next Year; Decision Impacts Every School District Nationwide

New Federal Policies For Education Of Homeless Children To Take Effect Next Year; Decision Impacts Every School District Nationwide | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- New Federal Policies For Education Of Homeless Children To Take Effect Next Year; Decision Impacts Ever
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10 Characteristics of Professional Learning That Shifts Practice #elearning

10 Characteristics of Professional Learning That Shifts Practice #elearning | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Across diverse districts I have asked teachers how they like to learn and what they want out of their professional learning opportunities. Over and over I hear the same kinds of responses and wishes for how they could learn.  There is a deep desire to develop their practice, not just be talked to but be…
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ESSA Panel Hammers Out New Testing Regulations

ESSA Panel Hammers Out New Testing Regulations | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Negotiators agreed to rules on key assessment issues under the Every Student Succeeds Act, but failed to reach accord on regulations covering a sticky spending issue.
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7 Characteristics of Great Professional Development -

7 Characteristics of Great Professional Development - | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
7 Characteristics of Great Professional Development by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development As the end of the school year draws to a close, administrators start pulling together their PD plans for the summer in preparation for the next year. Meanwhile, teachers sit anxiously by [...]
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Report: 'Transition courses' don't help college readiness

Report: 'Transition courses' don't help college readiness | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

A new report from the Community College Research Center shows schools and districts are using “transition courses” to help students become college-ready but such courses do not bolster student preparedness.


The courses are offered to high school seniors identified as being underprepared for college math or English, and they supplement with instruction in college-level math and English.

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After reading this I am really thinking about why this is the case. How many of you educators out there agree with this information?
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Math Education Should Focus on Visuals, Research Says

Math Education Should Focus on Visuals, Research Says | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

There is new evidence on how the brain functions when we think about mathematics that could alter the way the subject is taught in K-12 and higher education classrooms. According to Youcubed.org at Stanford University, the new paper, "SEEING AS UNDERSTANDING: The Importance of Visual Mathematics for our Brain and Learning," supports the use of visual mathematics. The paper explains developing finger discrimination in students is crucial for the development of the brain and long-term success in math.

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How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences

How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Educators can help students take even the smallest positive experiences and hardwire them into the brain, creating resiliency against future challenges.
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Education Hardware Technology Spend Increases by 7% in 2015

Futuresource Consulting, the leading provider of education technology research, has published its annual strategic technology in education report, delivering a fully-comprehensive view of the global education landscape.

"Total universe spend in the global education technology hardware market in 2015 increased 7% to $15 billion from 2014," says Colin Messenger, Senior Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. "Growth has been strong with an additional $4.5 billion being added since 2012."
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50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning -

50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning - | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning by Terry Heick Though the idea of learning styles has fallen from favor in education circles du
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Natàlia's curator insight, April 14, 2016 1:00 PM

A very useful resource

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What is Microlearning? - Grovo

What is Microlearning? - Grovo | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Microlearning is a revolutionary educational approach that transforms behaviors and creates better habits in small, easy steps. Here's how it works:
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Came across an interesting idea today that made me think about how we provide learning opportunities within education. The question I found myself asking is; How can we incorporate this concept of Microlearning to our professional development opportunities? Something to consider as we support educators to grow professionally. Thanks Jacob
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Rethinking Intelligence: How Does Imagination Measure Up?

Rethinking Intelligence: How Does Imagination Measure Up? | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists and psychologists are trying to develop a new way of thinking about intelligence, one that includes kids who don't always shine in the
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15 Professional Development Skills for Modern Teachers

15 Professional Development Skills for Modern Teachers | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

When schools are looking to hire a teacher, there are a few basic requirements that they are looking for: A College degree, experience working with children, and, of course, patience. Teachers need a variety of professional development skills along with knowledge of their subject matter and experience in order to be an effective teacher.

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New Report Highlights Best Practices Around the Country for Driving Broadband Connectivity and Access for Students

New Report Highlights Best Practices Around the Country for Driving Broadband Connectivity and Access for Students | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - April 04, 2016) - SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action today released a new report, State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access. This report highlights the powerful impact of state leadership in driving critical policy decisions at the national and state level to support broadban
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