Professional Development


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    Dive Awards

    District of the Year: Richland School District Two

    A South Carolina district focuses on innovation and school improvement initiatives to create equity and opportunity for all students.

    By Nov. 22, 2021
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    Dive Awards

    The K-12 Dive Awards for 2021

    With community engagement, steadfast leadership and focus on students' social-emotional needs, these are the leaders shaping K-12 today.

    Nov. 22, 2021
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    English Learners

    As students reacclimate to full-time, in-person learning, addressing the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on English learners remains a particular focus.

    By K-12 Dive staff
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    Opinion

    Relationships, resources must become a focus in learning to address mental health crisis

    With the American Academy of Pediatrics declaring a national mental health emergency, is it time to consider expanding the "3 Rs" of education?

    By Joan Wasser Gish • Nov. 10, 2021
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    Report: Create culturally affirming schools to address Black teacher turnover and retention

    More than 100 Black teachers outline conditions schools should follow to create an environment that affirms, supports and retains Black faculty.

    By Oct. 22, 2021
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    Schools look to increase rigor of teacher preparation while still facing shortages

    Indiana won’t allow special education emergency teaching permits beginning 2022-23 but will accept teachers actively preparing for full licensure.

    By Oct. 13, 2021
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    Opinion

    5 critical best practices for concise, engaging school communications

    A district communications official writes that educators must remember school is one commitment out of many for busy families, and simplicity is often key.

    By Marci McFadden • Oct. 4, 2021
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    How educators can better connect with their school's CTE programs

    You can help support CTE programs in your school with these relationship-building techniques.

    By Jonathan Arnholz • Oct. 4, 2021
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    How an inquiry-based approach can support teachers in return to school

    Experts suggest encouraging educators to utilize a descriptive inquiry approach can help them engage school communities in addressing challenges.

    By Shawna De La Rosa • Sept. 13, 2021
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    Missouri program seeks to strengthen parent communication with $2M Ed Dept grant

    The effort will provide direct training in two school districts on engaging and collaborating with parents to improve interventions and achievement.

    By Sept. 9, 2021
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    Why we're prioritizing SEL this year

    Four educators write that additional supports are a necessity for students and their families this year to proactively address pandemic stress and trauma.

    By Chrysantha Norwood, Shane Blandford, Scott Hangey and Mike Hoffman • Sept. 8, 2021
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    It's now or never: Let's use this investment opportunity to create a new US education system

    An SEL expert suggests bolstering the approach in schools in partnership with students, families and communities is crucial to systemic change.

    By Karen Niemi • Sept. 2, 2021
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    Rising District Leaders: Assistant superintendents driving inclusion, curriculum and learning

    In an era of increasingly distributed leadership, these assistant superintendents and cabinet-level leaders have proven critical to their districts' success.

    By , , Aug. 24, 2021
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    Burnout busters: 5 strategies to help school leaders combat pandemic fatigue

    As COVID-19 persists amid other concerns, sharing leadership and maintaining self-care are among tips offered by principals and superintendents.

    By Katie Navarra • Aug. 18, 2021
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    Grief counseling curricula part of some districts' back-to-school plans in the COVID-19 era

    In a survey by the ACLU of Southern California, 30% of students reported losing a loved one in the last 12 months.

    By Shawna De La Rosa • Aug. 18, 2021
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    Options, time for implementation crucial to professional development success

    To increase PD relevancy, experts suggest providing educators with choices and the time to experiment and report what they've learned to peers.

    By Shawna De La Rosa • Aug. 17, 2021
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    High-quality materials that engaged parents sustained learning remotely during pandemic

    Research suggests some students learned as much or more compared to a normal school year when learning materials factored parents into the process.

    By Aug. 11, 2021
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    AASA, AVID launch professional development initiative focused on instructional leadership

    The initiative will connect district instruction, assessment or technology leaders to share best practices and enhance each other's growth.

    By Aug. 9, 2021
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    How can school leaders support new teachers amid fall returns?

    The new academic year will continue to bring unique challenges as COVID-19's impacts loom in school communities.

    By July 29, 2021
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    NPC 2021: Principals share strategies for leading a culture of diversity, unity

    During a virtual discussion, three school leaders covered topics ranging from the importance of vulnerability to the problem with saying, "But I'm not racist."

    By July 16, 2021
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    Summer Reading: How 16 months of disruption are shaping professional development

    We've gathered a selection of our recent coverage of PD topics to help you get up to speed on the changing face of teacher learning.

    July 13, 2021
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    ISTE 2021: School tech leaders also play a role in antiracist work

    Boston-area principal Henry Turner suggests the design thinking process used by many tech companies can help schools begin addressing these issues.

    By July 7, 2021
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    How can schools make the most out of virtual PD?

    A pair of experts suggest school leaders should design these opportunities to fit unique purposes and not expect them to look the same as in-person events.

    By Shawna De La Rosa • July 7, 2021
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    ISTE 2021: District tech leaders share pandemic learning takeaways in 'bootcamp'

    The virtual discussion ranged from new approaches for distributing and managing devices to the silver linings of the past 18 months.

    By July 1, 2021
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    ISTE 2021: Teachers share pandemic 'aha' moments and how they'll apply them

    Educators in a Tuesday webinar discussed helping learners develop autonomy, deepening student relationships, and enhancing collaboration.

    By June 30, 2021
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    Quality PD, curriculum frameworks critical for robust early childhood ed

    Early learning experts in a virtual discussion expressed optimism that federal relief can help advance young children’s academic and social development.

    By June 29, 2021