Continuous, effective professional learning can help teachers and administrators improve teaching and learning, but research shows traditional forms of professional development have become expensive and ineffective. In the past 10 years, social media has helped educators connect online to more easily share resources, ideas, and practices among themselves, leading to more grass roots, open source collaboration and the evolution of personal learning networks. This trend is disrupting traditional models for… read more →
“edWeb Case Study: Rock Valley Community School District” examines the way the district relies on edWeb.net to support its professional development program for teachers. Their program embodies four of the key features identified by educational researchers as characterizing high quality professional learning experiences, the effective design of online communities for teachers, and best practices for integrating informal online professional learning with formal district professional development. In each case, edWeb.net provides critical support that empowers Rock Valley leaders to implement research-based practices.
edWeb.net has just released a survey on Teacher Professional Development that provides insights on the kinds of professional development (PD) teachers find most helpful to improve their teaching practice and their students’ learning.
All educators need PD and learning that is relevant to their practice to keep up with the rapid pace of change in technology and education initiatives such as ESSA, Common Core, Next Gen Science Standards, Future Ready, and more.
Each year for the past four years, MCH Data has polled K-12 principals on the issues that most concern them. Principals this year are more optimistic than they have been in the past, in part, because their teachers’ morale has improved. However, there are still many issues of concern.
Pathways to Participation for Preservice Teachers, a report just released by edWeb.net, looks at how online networks can help preservice and new teachers connect with practicing educators who can provide them with the knowledge, resources, mentoring and general support they will need to be successful in the classroom.