professional development

The Importance of Building Capacity in Schools

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There exists little evidence as to the direct effects school leaders have on student achievement (1). The reading expert Kelly Gallagher (2) asserts that the “Teacher is the X factor” in the classroom.  What, then, can school leaders and education researchers do to provide direction for a school improvement collaboration? We look to the context […]

Let Them Play: Approaches to Technology Integration and PD That Empower Teachers

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InDrive, Daniel Pink argues that mastery, autonomy, and purpose motivate people in their careers. A study by The Economist and Google for Education found that giving teachers autonomy makes them better teachers. For more information on the study: 1:35 video summary Research summary blog post Full study findings Giving teachers autonomy with edtechspurs mastery and […]

Teaching Has a Tall Poppy Problem and It Needs to Change

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There are lots of problems in education, big systemic problems, governance problems, structural problems that seem unsolvable sometimes because they’re so deeply rooted in the way things have always be done. And then there are problems that are so darn easy to fix, it’s a wonder they haven’t already been solved. One of those easy […]

5 Lessons from the Stage for Teachers

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Today I was working in a busy kindergarten classroom. I arrived to a room full of activity, bustling with energy, teaming with learning. The students were engaged at play, active and joyful with the noise of conversation and materials interacting. A group of boys had build and obstacle course/pathway and they were challenging themselves to […]

Learning Pathways PD: The Gamification of PD

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Spring is here. The birds are chirping. The grass is growing. The weather outside is beautiful. So, what do you think teachers are doing on those beautiful spring evenings and weekends? Why, professional development (PD) of course. More specifically, gamified PD.Over the first 30 days of our gamification approach to PD, we have had our […]

Why I Left the Classroom

A difficult choice Leaving the classroom was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. Making the decision was one of the hardest I’ve ever made. Not only did I have to say goodbye to my colleagues, my administrators, and the mentors who had guided me throughout my career, but I had to leave […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Dear Santa, All we want for Christmas is for our staffs to learn to know and love Twitter like we do! How can we bestow this gift to our staffs this year in a way that would be meaningful? As leaders we are faced each day with the task of helping teachers be better, better […]

Inquiry-Based Learning’s Impact on Professional Development #HackingPBL

Admittedly, it took me longer than it should have to be able to make the distinction between professional development and training. In short, I now view professional development as the process of building capacity in participants (or attempting to do so), while training generally follows more of a rigid approach with several “rights” and “wrongs.” […]

This Ain’t Your Mama’s PD!

Professional development has changed drastically, for the better, since I began my career. Long gone are the days of “sit and get, one size fits all” pd. Thank goodness! Professional development is more personalized with teachers taking control and leading it often. The tenets of high quality professional development include: Job embedded Ongoing Opportunities for […]

It’s Been One Week…

It’s been one week since I said good-bye to the staff and students of Brookfield Elementary School. It’s been one week since I started as a science teacher and department head atCamden’s Promise Middle School, which is a part of Camden’s Charter School Network. I know that nothing will ever be able to replace the […]

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