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The Place of Reflection in PD

Edutopia – Aaron Marvel

“In my experience, there’s a pivotal aspect of teacher development that is often overlooked: the influence of beliefs. Learning—for students and adults—always requires a change in cognition, but it doesn’t necessarily require a change in beliefs.” (more)

Rating Teacher-Preparation Programs

Education Next – Paul T. von Hippel and Laura Bellows

“Recent policies intended to improve teacher quality have focused on the preparation that teachers receive before entering the classroom. A short-lived federal rule would have required every state to assess and rank teacher-preparation programs by their graduates’ impact on student learning. Though the federal rule was repealed, last year some 21 states and the District of Columbia opted to rank teacher-preparation programs by measures of their graduates’ effectiveness in the classroom, such as their value-added scores.” (more)

Want to stop teachers leaving? Help them develop their careers

The Guardians – Staff Writer

“The teaching recruitment and retention crisis shows no signs of abating, with unions warning that losses will soon be unsustainable. Yet when it comes to investing in and developing our teachers, we’re not doing nearly enough. There are 300,000 pupils studying in schools where their teachers have no or very little budget for continuing professional development (CPD), according to a recent analysis of figures by the Teacher Development Trust. There is huge variation in investment from region to region, with spending per teacher three times higher in Newham, east London, and Hampshire than it is in Solihull in the West Midlands. Research shows that quality professional development plays a fundamental role in successful schools: improving outcomes for pupils and teacher recruitment and retention. So why are some schools allocating more than £1,200 a teacher while others are averaging less than £400?” (more)

Learning on the job: how to take your teaching career to the next level

The Guardian – Naomi Larsson

“Teachers, like their students, are always learning. But how can you use this to boost your professional development? Where might you find opportunities to develop leadership skills or take on more responsibility? And how do you get the support you need? In our recent online Q&A, we brought together a panel of experts to share their advice. Here’s a roundup of the discussion.” (more)

Survey: Teachers want more time for collaboration

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“For years, American educators have pointed to Asian schools as examples of how to create more time for professional development and teacher collaboration. In Asian schools, teachers tend to have larger class sizes, but teach fewer hours during the day. The model has allowed for strategies such as lesson study, in which teachers plan, implement and continue to refine lessons until students successfully learn the material.” (more)

Meeting Teachers’ Needs to Help Dyslexic Students Succeed

Language Magazine – Shantell Thaxton Berrett

“The beginning of a new year always brings new education policies and strategies. U.S. educators currently find themselves in a rapidly changing time for dyslexia legislation, and many schools are in the process of transforming the type and level of support they offer to these students. In 2015, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services created a policy identifying dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia as specific language disabilities.” (more)