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Professional Learning

Educators must always hone their craft. Discover the many formal and informal professional learning programs and practices keeping teachers at the top of their game.

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  • 3 Simple Ways to Use Pre-Unit Assessments to Promote Critical Thinking

    Teachers can tweak popular strategies to assess students’ prior knowledge in order to encourage critical thinking at the same time.
    Kristi Mascher
  • The Research on Life-Changing Teaching

    What really moves the needle for educators, and by extension their students?
  • Sharing Resources With Your School Community and Beyond

    By creating helpful digital resources, teachers can forge strong bonds of trust with students, parents, and colleagues both near and far.
  • Candidate interviewing for a job in an office

    11 Questions You’ll Be Asked at a Teaching Interview

    Commonly asked interview questions you can anticipate—plus tips and links to resources you can tap as you polish your answers.
  • A Teacher Appreciation Week for the Ages

    When schools abruptly closed due to Covid-19, teachers figured out how to make remote learning work. This week, as the nation expresses its gratitude, we recap the emotional journey.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Stand-Up Meetings

    Having staff stand for meetings keeps them quick—15 minutes, max—and efficient.
  • How—and Why—I Teach Like a Park Ranger

    Here are four strategies park rangers use to create an audience-centered experience and establish reasons for learning that could work in any classroom.
  • Making Sure Each Child Is Known

    A middle school in Nevada uses a simple strategy to build deeper connections between teachers and students.
  • A teacher hugs her student.

    The Power of Being Seen

    How well do you know your students? In a Nevada school, a simple strategy pushes teachers to look beyond the lessons.
  • Group of teachers meet in a classroom

    Building a Culture that Respects Teachers and Reduces Stress

    When teachers are given time to work closely with other teachers, and have achievable goals—school culture thrives.
  • 3 Keys to Evolving as a Lifelong Learner

    Engaging in a process of learning, unlearning, and relearning puts educators on a path to continuous improvement.
  • How to Create a Vertical Professional Learning Community

    An entire department can collaborate across grade levels to share instructional strategies and confirm that their methods are aligned.
  • Learning Walks: Structured Observation for Teachers

    Brief visits to several classrooms give teachers a chance to reflect on a variety of practices.
  • Fostering an Effective Professional Learning Community at Your School

    A look at how school leaders can promote the establishment and success of a professional learning community for teachers.

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