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Note from the editor

Dear readers,

Just as the one-size-fits-all "industrial" model of K-12 public education is no longer enough to prepare students for the modern workforce, the collective, workshop model of professional development is no longer the predominant way to support educators’ professional learning.

Personalized learning experiences aren't just a goal for the classroom anymore — they're highly sought out for PD over traditional sit-and-get seminars. And there's no shortage of topics to cover.

Today's educators are seeking training on innovative learning models, new classroom technology, alternative approaches to discipline, teacher leadership and more. With social media, Ed Camps and alternative credentialing models like badges or microcredentials, it's also easier than ever for them to seek these opportunities on their own, in informal settings as opposed to a conference or strictly defined program.

While it can be a challenge to keep track of, exploring and embracing these avenues based on a school or district's needs can be well worth the investment when it comes to reimagining school models and preparing for the future. To help keep you in the loop, Education Dive will keep this page up to date with new professional development trends and updates throughout the year. Here are some recent highlights from our coverage.

Best,

Roger Riddell Editor, K-12

Curricular Counsel: 4 directors of instruction share advice for navigating pandemic shifts

Upending existing learning models to cope with the coronavirus is anything but a seamless process, not to mention a task that had to happen almost overnight in some cases.

3 ways professional development is addressing the 'sharp learning curve' of teaching online

The push to go remote due to the coronavirus pandemic can be overwhelming, but revamped PD approaches are making the switch more manageable.

FETC 2020: Better PD through design thinking

The method allows educators to successfully craft lesson plans that integrate tech as a means to an end rather than the core component.

PreparED: Family engagement, 'tailored PD' occupy new principal's first year

As Prince George’s County Public Schools’ David Brown looks for opportunities to improve achievement, he’s holding teachers accountable while relying on them as "content leaders."

Survey: Teachers want multiple options for responding to student misbehavior

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute's research shows while teachers are supportive of new approaches to discipline, both black and white teachers still think suspension is sometimes appropriate.

Inside the Rapidly Changing World of Professional Development

Just as the one-size-fits-all "industrial" model of K-12 public education is no longer enough to prepare students for the modern workforce, the collective, workshop model of professional development is no longer the predominant way to support educators’ professional learning. Personalized learning experiences aren't just a goal for the classroom anymore — they're highly sought out for PD over traditional sit-and-get seminars.

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  • New certification recognizes strong early-childhood stem programs
  • NYC teacher leadership program touted as international model
  • 3 approaches that are transforming professional development
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Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.