Networking & Collaboration

What Happens When Teachers Connect

What Happens When Teachers Connect by Terry Heick Digital and social media have replaced the landscape for education. This isn’t a case of mere impact or transformation–it’s all different now. Everything–the tools, the audiences, the access to content, the data, the opportunity. And this is a displacing and replacing that will only accelerate as re-conceptualizing of …

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How To Help Teachers Create Their Own Professional Development

How To Help Teachers Create Their Own Professional Development by Terry Heick Traditional teacher professional development depends on external training handed down to teachers after having identified their weaknesses as a professional. If you’re not so great at teacher writing, or if assessment is becoming a bigger focus in your school or district, you fill …

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Ep. 35 Growing Better Professional Learning Communities with Dr. Richard DuFour (part 2 of 2)

Ep. 35 Growing Better Professional Learning Communities with Dr. Richard DuFour (part 2 of 2) by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 35 of the TeachThought Podcast! Drew Perkins talks with Dr. Richard DuFour, in this second part of two podcasts, about his new book In Praise of American Educators: And How They …

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Ep. 34 Growing Better Professional Learning Communities with Dr. Richard DuFour (part 1 of 2)

Ep. 34 Growing Better Professional Learning Communities with Dr. Richard DuFour (part 1 of 2) by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 34 of the TeachThought Podcast! Drew Perkins talks with Dr. Richard DuFour, in this first part of two podcasts, about his new book In Praise of American Educators: And How …

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Ep. 23 Teacher Of The Year: Defining And Measuring Teachers

Ep. 23 Teacher Of The Year: Defining And Measuring Teachers by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 23 of the TeachThought Podcast! Drew Perkins talks with makers of the documentary Teacher of the Year, Jason Korreck and Rob Philips, about their film which explores the complexity of the teaching profession. Links & Resources …

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Ep. 22 Education And Entrepreneurship With Dyme Startup Founder Joey Prather

Ep. 22 Education And Entrepreneurship With Dyme Startup Founder Joey Prather by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 22 of the TeachThought Podcast! Drew Perkins talks with Dyme startup founder Joey Prather about the parallels between the startup and the education worlds and how being more entrepreneurial can benefit teaching and learning. Links …

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Ep. 15: Teaching And Learning vs. Accountability With @justintarte

Ep. 15: Teaching And Learning vs. Accountability With @justintarte by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 15 of the TeachThought Podcast! In this episode Drew Perkins (Director of Professional Development at TeachThought) talks with Justin Tarte–Director of Teaching and Learning and Accountability at the Union R-XI School District in Union, Missouri–about balancing teaching …

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Nano-Professional Development: 20 Quick Courses For Teachers

Nano-Professional Development: 20 Quick Courses For Teachers by TeachThought Staff Professional development can come from a variety of sources–conversation, books, blogs, social media, YouTube, and more–courses, for example. Nanocourses, more specifically. What’s most appealing about these courses is the low time-investment necessary, combined with the visual elements–examples, models, and other explanations to support what’s being …

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep 5: Jennifer Gonzales

The TeachThought Podcast Ep 5: Jennifer Gonzales  by TeachThought Staff This is episode 5 of the TeachThought Podcast! In this episode I talk to Jennifer Gonzales from the Cult of Pedagogy website. In this conversation, we talk about where she’s from, how to pronounce “pedagogy,” and how and why it’s useful to connect with other teachers. …

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4 Tips For Smarter Collaboration With Resource Teachers

4 Tips For Smarter Collaboration With Resource Teachers by Dan Henderson, Author of That’s Special: A Survival Guide To Teaching It was an arranged work marriage spurred on by the ceremonial job fair. Two principals were swapping teachers as casually as goats in a dowry. This was the last job fair before the school year, …

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Blogging Your Way To Connected Professional Development

Blogging Your Way To Connected Professional Development by Mike Fisher Professional learning, even 15 years into the 21st Century, still tends to lean toward a “one size fits all” model. Educators go to workshops, participate in local PD, or read professional books. While the information gained may be valuable, it isn’t always completely relevant to …

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