Retaining teachers in Hawaii is a district issue. As a science teacher who moved from the mainland without family or friends to begin my first year as a teacher in a culturally different area, I am an example of what can help to retain teachers: mentorship. As a first year teacher, my mentor was another science teacher at my school. She got paid to be a mentor and I received professional development credit. Not only did ...more »
NJ ASCD believes in order to provide a full service experience where children and families needs are met on a daily basis, the entire teacher must be fulfilled, too. Perseverance must play a significantly central role in an educator’s life in order to meet the needs of the whole child. A healthy teacher becomes a lifelong learner and leader. A whole teacher better models and supports a whole child and their family. NJ ...more »
University of Colorado’s Denver Writing Project is our local affiliation with the National Writing Project-- the only national professional development organization that focuses on improving teaching of writing at all grade levels for teachers of all contents (with over 200 sites in the US). The DWP model is designed to provide support for self-directed professional learning for teachers and by teachers that addresses ...more »
We are a cross-disciplinary professional learning community made up of teacher leaders from English Language Arts, Math, Science and Technology. As content-area teacher leaders, it is difficult to find a PLC that is relevant to the leadership aspect of our work. Participating in a PLC composed of teacher leaders and coaches, allows us to focus on the elements of high-quality instruction that transcend content-area boundaries. ...more »
Teachers in rural community schools often do not have adequate funding for professional development to support student learning. National Board Certification empowers teachers by helping them to grow as leaders within their school, district, and state and also helps them to maintain focus on the heart of their classroom--enhanced student learning. It is a most rigorous, personal professional development process.
Ten-minute take aways are short, meaningful professional development sessions designed to introduce a skill, strategy, or activity to teachers. As an instructional leader, I believe it is my responsibility to have an awareness of the needs of my teachers and to find the most effective ways to share a variety of best practices to meet their needs. I will share ideas for how to present short, meaningful professional ...more »
I wonder if there is a way this site could add a "clearing house" of professional development opportunities for teachers?
These might include both competitive and non-competitive offerings, as well as paid and unpaid opportunities to continue growing within the profession.
A professional learning team centered around better retaining, supporting, and accelerating beginning teachers in the areas of professional development, cross-curricular collaboration, and educator activism. Networks would be school-system based, with an annual state (and possibly national) conference. Monthly face-to-face forums would allow opportunities for professional networking and provided training on applicable ...more »
I want to develop a system for teacher-leaders to use when designing PD opportunities for staff, including support staff and administrators in addition to teachers. I find that teachers know when they are ready to take on new learning and should have control of the pacing of the learning. On-site PD helps the day of the presenting, but it would be nice to have a way to have ongoing practice with the new learning in ...more »
Too often professional development days are one size fits all for teachers. Topics and training are usually selected by the administration and everyone attends regardless of their readiness level. Why can't professional development be differentiated much like teachers differentiate lessons for our students? Simply put there is not enough time. How can administrators with everything else they are charged with, assess ...more »
Professional Learning needs to be teacher driven and focused on student achievement. It needs to be accessible 24/7 and have methods for authentic collaboration and sharing of effective instructional practice. On a small scale I've done this with a website containing a wealth of videos called Classrooms in Focus & Coach's Cuts. These videos expose teachers to effective practice with our own students using our own materials ...more »
Teacher turnover and burnout is preventable. A recent study concluded that more pedagogical preparation does impact retention positively (Sawchuk 2014). In higher education, the problem doesn't quite manifest as a retention issue, but as an effectiveness issue. When college-level faculty experience burnout their commitment and job satisfaction is stressed, but burnout is mitigated through support and collaboration ...more »
Purpose: To fully experience a school day in the shoes of a student. In doing this, the Shadower will come away with insights about intended and unintended effects of school practices & policies on students, to be shared with colleagues in a constructive way. Process: Educators “shadow” individual students in their school or district for a full day. They go to every class of each student, including lunch, stand near ...more »
Principals work closely with teacher leaders to develop a long-term schedule in which the principal teaches so the teacher leader can have release time to work teacher-to-teacher to build social and professional capital. Admin who teach would be reminded about the complex work of teaching and gain a deeper sense of what both students and teachers need in order to be successful - especially in the new era of Common Core. ...more »
I am currently connecting a research study on the benefits of aligning professional development to the teacher evaluation system in order to improve instructional practice (and thus, student achievement). The purpose of my study is to gather data regarding the alignment of professional development needs with a district’s teacher evaluation system. These district teacher evaluation data, along with information gained ...more »