Professional Development

Teacher professional development refers to specialized training, education, and advanced professional learning intended to help teachers and other educators improve their knowledge, skills, competence, and effectiveness. It can be delivered in person or online, through one-on-one interactions or in group situations, during the school day or beyond normal school hours. Professional development may be funded by schools, districts, or state programs, and are conducted by highly experienced educational consultants.

Teachers

There are teachers, and there are great teachers. Notice the difference between the two phrases – the word “great.” It’s the job of a teacher to make knowledge accessible to all students. Educators base their practice on the belief that all their students can learn and meet expectations.

Curriculum & Instruction

A lesson plan is a teacher’s guide for running a specific lesson. It includes the goal (what students are supposed to learn), the method how the goal will be reached, and measuring how well the goal was achieved (exit ticket, test, homework, etc.).

Lesson planning is a vital component of the teaching process. It keeps teachers organized and on track, allowing them to teach more effectively. As a result, students reach objectives more easily.

Curriculum & Instruction

Depth of Knowledge (DOK) is the complexity of understanding required to answer an assessment-related item or classroom activity. This concept was developed by Norman Webb.

Originally, Webb developed Depth of Knowledge for science and math standards. The model has since expanded to include language, arts, history, social studies, mathematics, and science. Educators are applying DOK to design better instruction.

Curriculum & Instruction

What Is Rigor?

Rigor has been advancing in educational circuits, but many educators are still not familiar with the concept and how to support it within the classroom. Understanding rigor is vital in finding out how to approach and measure learning. Professional development for teachers can help them in this regard.

ClassroomCurriculum & Instruction

Differentiation is a term that all teachers know. We read about it in books, hear about it in training, and see it on our evaluation rubrics. Teachers know they have to differentiate to meet the needs of their students. They try to do so with the knowledge and tools that they have. Many teachers do this with high levels of success. However, many educators still struggle with what differentiation “looks like” in the classroom and therefore feel stuck.

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