Being an educator is a noble pursuit that will impact generations to come. This is the reason you invest in professional development and coaching your teachers. Over $18 billion dollars is spent each year to this end. However, 71% of our teachers still remain unsatisfied with the coaching they are receiving. Here are 5 reasons the current approaches to coaching our teachers are not working…Read More
No matter how hard you try to design amazing professional development experiences, your teachers will choose to engage with those experiences for their own reasons, not yours. Because of this, effective professional development and coaching should start with teacher input. Here are four reasons you must start with teacher input…Read More
Planning is essential in the world of education. It should come as no surprise then that teachers spend nearly half of their time involved in planning activities. With so much of their time being spent on planning, it’s important that the time is well-spent and helps achieve their most important goals.
However, just devoting enough time to planning won’t result in successfully meeting the goals - it’s critical to have the right ingredients as well. If you’re missing a key ingredient, all of your best laid plans could go awry just like it did with Blackberry.
You’re not in Hollywood, so you can’t rely on flowery speeches to motivate your people to grow. It requires smart, intentional planning to achieve those goals. Fortunately, it’s a pretty simple formula for what it takes on your part as an administrator to help your teachers grow. Let’s take a look at 3 simple tips to help your teachers achieve lasting professional growth.Read More
We realize that most current professional development offerings aren’t working, and we’re here to change that. Let’s finally make a change to how we offer professional development and do what our teachers are desperately needing.Read More
Are you tired of your professional development not resulting in the changes you expect? By thinking through these three points, you will be able to take your professional development from unengaging to awesome.Read More
If you continuously learn yet plan your new ideas accordingly, your teachers will love you for the consistency, thoughtfulness, and dedication to sticking with your current plan.
Give yourself permission to say "no" to your own best-ever ideas.Read More
No matter how much you plan and how perfect you think your professional development is, be sure that you are keeping in mind your goals. If you are planning for growth of your teachers, let’s set them up for success from the beginning by following these four strategies.Read More
The findings from the project were compiled independently by the Rand Corporation and came to 3 startling conclusions: 1) teacher evaluations did not lead to improved student achievement and 2) teacher evaluations did not lead to improved teacher effectiveness and 3) teacher evaluations did not improve the retention rate of effective teachers.Read More