In May, when edWeb.net surveyed principals, personalized professional development for teachers was the number one topic of interest. With all the responsibilities and tasks on principals’ plates, relevant, engaging professional development focused on best practices can be extremely challenging. In a recent edWebinar, Dr. L Robert Furman, Principal of South Park Elementary Center in Pennsylvania, asked the question, “Why is it that when we think of professional development, it becomes a comedy or a depression and teachers automatically assume that it is going to be a colossal waste of time?” Personalized professional development can alleviate these feelings about professional development as it provides teachers with opportunities to be better teachers, which translates into improved student learning. Furman and the administrators in his school have completely revamped teacher professional development by utilizing the well-curated webinars and accessible and relevant resources available on edWeb.
Social media is an essential marketing tool for educational publishers. But the changing algorithms, rise and fall of new platforms, and overall nature of social media make some developers hesitant. In their presentation, “Social Media Marketing 2.0: Educators Love Social Media,” several education marketing insiders offered their perspectives on how to take advantage of this unique marketing tool.
Individuals with special needs struggle to graduate from high school and earn a diploma, much less pursue higher education or gain meaningful employment. Sometimes, there is a skills gap between the desired career and the student’s training. Many times, though, the problem is also a communication gap. During the edWebinar “Digital Badge Credentials: Preparing Students with Special Needs for Employment,” the presenters discussed how and why digital badges can help students validate their training and verify their credentials with prospective employers.
October 5th is World Teachers’ Day. Every day we should take time to thank teachers for their dedication to providing students around the world with the best education possible, often under difficult circumstances. This year, the theme of World Teachers’ Day is Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession recognizing “the critical importance of reaffirming the value of the teaching mission. We call upon governments to make teaching a profession… read more →
The management concept, the Peter Principle, where people become ineffective when promoted to a level where they no longer have the skills to be successful, is also applicable to teachers. According to Ginger Welch, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Oklahoma State University, in a recent edWebinar, whether highly successful teachers choose a career path that takes them out of the classroom or they choose to stay in the classroom, job-related burnout issues are a high possibility. It is essential to reduce these issues by keeping the passion for teaching alive and manage careers by addressing the stress and anxiety associated with burnout and learn how to control our cognitive thinking.
A variety of online tools embedded in popular Microsoft programs and apps are now helping English Learners with reading, writing, and classroom conversations. And, these same tools are also enabling parent-teacher conferences to become bilingual or even multilingual.
As Greta Thunberg sails into New York Harbor, the United Nations holds a Youth Climate Summit, and we witness the first Global Youth Strike for Climate, it has never been more important to provide young people with the best education and most opportunities to study the impact of human activity on the planet, and find solutions to mitigate the causes of climate change, and preserve the diversity of life. Today, edWeb.net announces a… read more →
Leadership skills are nebulous, hard-to-define, and critical for students’ futures. Yet, many schools and districts still have minimal programs—typically a student council—and tend to concentrate on the oldest grades. In her edWebinar, “How to Fill the World with Leaders: Creating School Cultures Where Student Leadership Thrives,” Mariam G. MacGregor, M.S., Leadership Consultant, not only explained how to integrate leadership lessons in preschool, but she also advocated for administrators to make a conscious effort to develop citizen leaders.
There are many questions that new teachers ask before walking into their classroom on the first day of school. In a recent edWebinar, Dr. Monte Tatom, Director of Institutional and Church Research at Heritage Christian University, Taylor Warren, a first grade teacher, and Ashley McCrory, a kindergarten teacher, provided new teachers with tips for the ten most common questions.
Congress passed ESSA in 2015, but one area still challenging schools is the tiers for evidence-based interventions and materials. In a recent edWebinar, “Professional Learning in Action: Evidence-Based Practices for Student Success,” leaders from the Ohio Department of Education explained how a statewide initiative is helping administrators and teachers not only understand the tiers but also provide assistance in selecting the best materials for their students.