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3 Ways Districts Can Rethink Teacher Professional Development

Posted by Maren McMullan

According to a recent study conducted by the Gates Foundation, $18 billion is spent annually on teacher professional development. The average teacher spends anywhere from 68-89 hours in professional learning a year. However, only 29% of teachers are highly satisfied with their professional development. In other words, only $6 billion is truly spent effectively. From this data, I think it’s safe to say that the traditional model of PD is wasting districts’ time and resources.

Most of the professional development that teachers receive is some combination of boring, irrelevant, or one-time only. As a former teacher, I can attest to the fact that most of the PD I attended was of poor quality. I sat through many sit-and-get lectures and inapplicable seminars and, while I hate to admit it, I often brought papers to grade because I felt that was a more valuable use of my time. But every so often, I would have one transformative PD - interactive, practical, relevant, timely - that challenged my thinking, equipped me with new tools and strategies, and ultimately made me a better educator.  This is the sort of PD that all teachers want but so rarely receive. Read on for three ways that districts can rethink professional learning.

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Reinforcing Learning with Synthesis Videos

Posted by eSpark Learning

Student privacy is of the utmost importance to eSpark, and we comply to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.  We never share student videos without obtaining permission from the student's parents, teacher, and district.

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The Importance of Technology in Education, Pt. 2

Posted by eSpark Learning

Ashley and Chris used to teach kindergarten in the Midwest. Now, they both work at eSpark. In the following interview, find out what inspired them to work in edtech and why they're so excited about classroom technology. This is the second installment of a series of interviews about the importance of technology in education. To read part one, click here.

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The Importance of Technology in Education

Posted by eSpark Learning

A few years ago, Shannon and Anthony were teaching in the Bronx. After seeing first-hand the importance of technology in education, they joined the team at eSpark. In the following interview, find out what led them to careers in edtech and why they're so passionate about student-centered learning. 

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Misinterpreting Grit

Posted by Tatum Travers

In Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth explores the accessibility of achievement, arguing that anyone can be a high performer with the right motivation, hard work, and support. In recent months, Dr. Duckworth’s findings have been the subject of debate amongst educators. During her talk at the Loyola Law School, Dr. Duckworth clarified a few key points in her work.

 

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Six Steps to Project Based Learning

Posted by Tatum Travers

In 2015, the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act signaled the end of one-size-fits-all instruction. The new legislation urged districts to embrace project based instruction aligned to academic standards and 21st century skills. And while experts agree that a hands-on approach to core standards leads to significant student growth, even the most innovative districts can struggle to design research projects that are differentiated to meet the needs of every learner. Luckily, the vast majority of successful project based learning activities share a set of key characteristics that educators can replicate in the classroom and across a district.

 

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The Importance of Family and Parent Involvement in Schools

Posted by Candace Mittel

Traditionally, students’ families meet with teachers just once or twice a year at parent-teacher conferences. Many parents believe that any additional communication or involvement with their students’ teachers is unnecessary, or even worse, negative. This is simply not true.

 

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Finding Inspiration within the League of Innovative Schools

Posted by Tatum Travers

For the past five years, Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools has set a standard for innovation in public education. Committed to reimagining learning to better meet the needs of all students, this cohort of visionary districts has a shared set of best practices for bringing purposeful technology into the classroom to transform learning.

We’re honored to partner with nine of the League’s 73 districts to help their students succeed in school and in life with individualized technology. The administrators, teachers, and students in these communities inspire us every day to keep pushing the boundaries of what it means to differentiate instruction and create lifelong learners.

Read on for a look at the many ways a few of our Digital Promise district partners are boosting student engagement and academic growth.

 

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