Author: Heather Durkac

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News &
Advice

for K-12 educators and
administrators to help
create safe learning
environments.

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When Done Correctly, Annual Teacher Training Is Invaluable

Yesterday, The Washington Post published an article citing a study from nonprofit TNTP suggesting that billions of dollars in annual teacher training is largely a waste. However, there are a lot of school districts that get it right.

08/06/2015

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Is it Time to Flip Your Professional Development?

It’s easy to feel bored, overwhelmed, uninterested or not engaged during traditional professional development. If this is happening inside your school, now could be a great time to flip your professional development. Yes, just like flipping your classroom, try flipping your PD!

02/09/2015

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3 Tips for Supporting Instructional Technology Coaches

When you think of a coach, oftentimes a sport is what first comes to mind. But coaching also happens within the realms of education for both students and teachers. Supporting your Instructional Technology Coaches will not only have a tremendous impact on teachers, but students are sure to benefit as well.

11/03/2014

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Trainers Corner: Integrating Technology Over the Summer With the Help of Professional Development

Technology in the classroom is the new rave these days. It’s become so popular in the curriculum of K-12 classrooms that students might find it odd if teachers don’t use some form of technology in the classroom. But integrating technology in the classroom isn’t always just as simple as having students download an app on their tablet or having students type out their spelling lists.

06/30/2014

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Trainers’ Corner: Why EdTech Professional Development Shouldn’t Be a One-time Event

Incorporating new technology in the classroom can be intimidating to say the least. One of the most difficult transitions a teacher will likely make is replacing the way something has been done for years with new technology. Fortunately, that’s where professional development can make all the difference.

05/02/2014