Tag: professional development

A Teacher’s Responsible Social Media Presence

By Scott Sterling Although educators are private citizens, they are also in the public eye (or, at least, the eyes of their students, parents, and administrators). With the growth of social media and its numerous platforms, it can be tricky for teachers to toe the line between responsible use and

This Year’s Big and Exciting Summer Education Conferences

By Scott Sterling Naturally, summer is the most popular time for educators to grow and hone their craft through learning, collaboration, and connecting with other educators. A lot of this occurs at conferences. There are quite a few out there this year, but here is a selection. Some are huge

Coaching Makes the Difference in Professional Development

By Scott Sterling A recent study by TNTP, formerly The New Teacher Project, was covered by the Wall Street Journal and others under a headline that teacher professional development is, as a whole, ineffective. But if you dig deeper into the study, you can see that there are research-based findings

Yes, a room full of 1,600 educators is quite orderly

Rigor and Assessment: Central Themes of Building Expertise 2015

By Scott Sterling Now that we’ve all recovered from last week’s Building Expertise 2015: Journey to Rigor, it’s time to reflect on what we learned and how much fun we had. There were some major themes of the conference that are worth discussing. It was huge! The conference sold out

Feedback comes in many varieties—and they’re all useful

Deliberate Practice in the Wake of a Bad Observation

By Scott Sterling As a teacher, you’re used to observations, especially if you work in a Marzano-inspired system. You do your best to prepare, but sometimes things just don’t go as planned. Perhaps a projector bulb blows, a more challenging student had extra Nutella with breakfast, or it’s just that

Not this kind of TLC (although there are days where this would be nice)

Consider a TLC to Improve Your Formative Assessment Strategies

By Learning Sciences Dylan Wiliam Center Staff On this blog, we’ve had quite a few posts on teacher collaboration, professional development, and PLC scheduling. It’s important for educators to work together to improve their practice. PLCs are a common structure to foster collaboration and accountability. But they’re not the only

Believe it or not, this isn’t the goal

Classroom Formative Assessment Without the Awkwardness

By Dylan Wiliam Center staff Formative assessment might be the most critical thing you can do in a classroom to affect student success. In fact, studies have shown 25% to 50% increases in student learning when teachers use classroom formative assessment strategies. These are among the largest gains ever reported for educational