“Don’t call it professional development—call it professional learning.” Jill Abbott Sr. Vice President and Managing Director at SIIA, made this statement in a recent edWebinar, with Jeff Mao, CEO, Edmoxie LLC, Bruce Umpstead, Director of State Programs at IMS Global Learning Consortium, and Ilya Zeldin, Founder and CEO of 2gnoMe. The panelists recommended that educational leaders take a deep breath and recognize that there is a crisis happening in our districts. There are a vast plethora of people who could be the best teachers ever, yet they don’t want to be in the profession. It is not easy for teachers to thrive and to grow when teacher professional development is irrelevant, generic, and unsustainable. A familiar comment by teachers regarding district or school-wide professional development is, “Well, we’re just going to ride this one out because it is going to change in two years or when we get a new administrator.” The panelists suggest that if “we can get the professional development piece done collaboratively with teachers, not at teachers, maybe we can retain and recruit highly qualified engaging and innovative educators.
edWeb.net announces the release of its annual 2019 Teacher Professional Learning Survey. edWeb has been conducting research on educators’ use of edWeb and its impact on professional learning for a number of years to track trends in professional learning and looking for ways to continuously improve. The survey results show consistency over time in the top reasons why teachers engage in professional learning.
Faced with implementing new standards and inquiry-based instruction for over 180 school districts and over 30,000 social studies teachers with a department of two people, the social studies team at the Georgia Department of Education turned to virtual learning communities on edWeb.net to reach Georgia teachers and leaders.
In this edWebinar, GaDOE Social Studies Department virtual specialists share their journey in creating and maintaining virtual learning communities.
In this edWebinar, Dr. Monte Tatom, Associate Professor of Education at Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee, presents ways that school leaders and teacher ed candidates can take advantage of opportunities to collaborate for professional learning.
Join Darri Stephens and Bryan L. Miller of Wonder Workshop in this edWebinar for a review of some current research around the state of professional development for today’s K-12 educators.
Ineffective professional development wastes teacher time, district resources, and most importantly, affects student results. In “Teachers’ Skills in the Digital Age and Personalized PD for Teachers,” hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by 2gnō.me, Lynn Gershman, Educator at, 2gnō.me, explored issues in PD and the importance of personalizing PD for teachers.
To provide the best possible teaching and learning environment, school leaders need to provide their teachers with professional learning opportunities that are personalized and engaging. This is not an easy task when there are so many areas to cover, very little time, and limited funds. edWeb.net is free and can help school leaders provide teachers with personalized PD that meets teachers’ needs and interests, and promotes collaborative learning with peers. Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal at Republic Middle School, MO, provides a guide for school leaders to demonstrate how edWeb.net can be used in any school or district.
In this webinar, Rachel will demonstrate how she uses edWeb’s social and learning network and the PD webinars that edWeb provides to make professional learning more relevant, more continuous, more collaborative, and more fun!
This webinar will bridge best practices with the core tenets of professional development, alerting educators to the items to practice (peaks) and to avoid (pitfalls).