Professional development, professional learning, staff development, PD… By any name, it’s critical to achieving strong teaching that makes a difference in students’ lives.
An important part of ANet’s integrated support involves helping educators grow professionally. Our work with thousands of schools and educators allows us to gather valuable lessons and proven practices that we’re eager to share.
Here’s some PD-related lessons we’ve learned from our partners.
“We’re in this together”: Setting the stage for powerful adult learning
Creating learning opportunities for students is at the heart of what it means to be a teacher. But, too often, we forget that it’s equally important that learning opportunities extend to teachers and leaders, too.
A powerful observation process you can adopt
The Edward Brooke school uses a thoughtful process to make observations a powerful form of professional development. You can replicate its approach in your own system or school with the resources in this post.
Why leader learning matters
As a school leader, you can get so focused on student learning that you overlook your own learning. But the instructional leadership team at MAS Charter School see a direct connection between leader learning and teachers’ and students’ achievement.
The Wild West of open literacy resources: Quality matters
We’ve all been there: You’re scrambling to prepare a lesson and you think, "Why reinvent the wheel? Let’s check the interwebs." You google your topic and…28,000,000 results pop up. How on Earth do you decide what might be worth using with your students?