Professional Learning

Explore resources specifically related to high-quality professional learning. From expert blog commentary to resources to support professional learning, this is your one-stop-shop for all things professional learning.         


Teachers Deserve Our Teamwork on Quality Professional Learning

As a relatively new football mom, fall has a new meaning for me. Not only am I thinking about whether my 6th-grade son is keeping up with school and friends, but every Saturday I’m focused on whether he’ll come off the field in one piece. What I’m quickly realizing, though, is the power of the team that surrounds him. When he and his teammates are doing their jobs, everyone can focus on making the best plays and moving the ball.

The Best End-of-School-Year Teacher Gift: Quality Materials and Training

Ask any parent or teacher about their best and worst end-of-school-year gift (given or received) and you’re sure to get some amusing stories (my worst as a parent – melted chocolates; as a teacher – jewelry). As this school year melts into summer, I have a much better present in mind: giving educators the instructional tools and training they deserve. 

Controlling for Quality: The Supports Science Teachers Deserve

One thing I remember decades after my last public school science class is the importance of controls and variables. Without the control in an experiment, we can’t reliably understand the outcomes represented by other variables. One of the most important controls we can offer science students today is a well-supported educator. When teachers have quality materials and aligned professional learning opportunities, they are better prepared to face all the variables that engaging children can present.


Carnegie Elements Report

A report from the Carnegie Corporation of New York outlines the key elements of curriculum-based professional learning that can help school and district leaders revitalize instruction in their schools. Through these best practices, educators can develop their instructional practice and better engage students through experiential learning.

Virtual Professional Learning for School Teachers to Support Them in Online Environment

Explore the story of how teachers in India utilized online platforms for professional learning to quickly adapt to and excel in the new frontier of virtual learning at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supporting Evidence-Based Decision Making in Curricula and Professional Learning

Learn how the Overdeck Family Foundation is improving curriculum and professional learning materials by implementing real evidence and feedback from teachers.

What Does Research Tell Us About Professional Development in Education?

Discover the importance of professional learning for teachers and how you can maximize the benefit of these programs in your school.

Dispelling the Myths: What the Research Says About Teacher Professional Learning

Read the truth about how professional learning can benefit educators of all backgrounds and explore best practices for implementing strong professional learning programs.

Educator Learning to Enact the Science of Learning and Development

Dive into the multiple expectations of educators and how we can best prepare and develop teachers to meet the needs of diverse students in a rapidly changing world.

How Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning Are Associated With Teacher Instruction and Student Achievement: A Meta-Analysis

Review how Learning Forward is developing standards that relate directly to teachers leading students toward greater academic success.

Johnson: Teacher Professional Development Is in a Rut, but Better Research Can Help. New Partnership Is Looking to Do Just That

Examine research that shows how teacher professional learning, when executed with the right resources, can rise above teacher’s negative expectations and make a positive impact on educational development.

NIET High-Quality Curriculum Implementation Guide

Focuses on supporting teachers in implementing high-quality instructional materials in the classroom, with emphasis on high-quality professional learning.

Rivet Education Professional Learning Partner Guide

A list of expert-reviewed, high-quality professional development and learning materials for educators.

Curriculum Support Guide

Quality materials can be a game-changer, but – ask any educator – it takes more than a box of books to support teaching and learning. If you are involved in the selection, launch, or support of a curriculum for your school or school system, this website is for you.

Building Better PL: How to Strengthen Teacher Learning

Read emerging evidence on the most promising features of professional learning to support teaching learning and development, including the format and foci of effective professional learning programs.

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