Professional Development

A collection of resources including articles, blog posts, books, courses and more to help educators grow professionally.
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Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning offers a blueprint that dramatically improves student outcomes and prepares today's learners to meet life's challenges in college and beyond.

Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap for School Leaders

Teachers in any subject area can give students the chance to solve real problems or express ideas through creative designs. Makerspaces help kids build off of their own curiosity.

How to Feed Your Makers

Learn why teaching students to behave like artists, including giving them greater control over their subject matter and media, unleashes student engagement and curiosity-driven learning.

The Curious Incident of the Choice-Based Classroom

It's not about teaching to the test.

Achieving Next Generation Literacy: Using the Tests (You Think) You Hate to Help the Students You Love

Join Jeff Marshall, author of the ASCD book The Highly Effective Teacher: 7 Classroom-Tested Practices That Foster Student Success, in an engaging webinar that will guide you through critical teacher actions that are within your control to improve and that influence student success, such as creating challenging, rigorous learning experiences and facilitating interactive, thoughtful learning.

Steps to Becoming a Highly Effective Teacher

Want to make your school a better place for everyone? Make emotional health a habit.

Educational Leadership:Emotionally Healthy Kids:The Seven Habits of Highly Affective Teachers

Teaching is a challenging job! The stressors of being in the classroom each day can catch up with us if we don’t develop the skills and strategies to take care of ourselves both in and out of school.

Feel Well, Teach Well: Ways to Gain and Sustain Wellness In and Out of the Classroom Webinar with M. Nora Mazzone and Barbara Miglionico

Read the Summer 2015 issue of Educational Leadership—the free digital-only edition—to remind yourself why you went into teaching. The articles are all about how educators can improve schools from the inside out.

Summer 2015

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ASCD Express e-Newsletter

To truly engage all learners, instructors need to use a more intentional approach to student engagement. This PD Online® course will introduce you to practical techniques for cognitively engaging students during lessons, including the uses of on-the-spot techniques, hold-ups, and total participation techniques.

Free PDO Course – Total Participation Techniques

Did you know that you can find ASCD titles in other languages? Use this resource as your guide.

ASCD Books in Translation

How Your Group Examined Student Work from Educational Leadership magazine looks at how PLCs are examining student work.

Educational Leadership:Looking at Student Work:How Your Group Examined Student Work

Julie Martin brings up valid points on the importance of math in the classroom.

Why Students Shouldn't Ignore Math

As educators, we want self-motivated learners who are willing to persevere through challenges and value the learning process. Parents agree, but often need tools to support this goal when students bring home schoolwork. These strategies can help.

Coaching Parents to Communicate Lifelong Learning

Teach your students how to fail.

Teaching Students How to Succeed Through Failure

Project-Based Learning Professional Development (part 2): Student-Created Rubrics

Project-Based Learning Professional Development (part 2): Student-Created Rubrics

ASCD is accepting applications for the 2016 Emerging Leaders Class February 1–April 1, 2016. Learn more by clicking the image.

Emerging Leaders

ASCD is committed to engaging a diverse community and building capacity to improve learning, teaching, and leadership. In its quest to build capacity, ASCD has designed the Emerging Leaders program to prepare younger, diverse educators for potential influence and ASCD leadership. A new cadre of emerging leaders is selected annually.

Emerging Leaders

Josue Sakata shares how his history and social studies department formed a PLC to provide an avenue for collaboration in this Inservice post.

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Getting Up to Speed with "Speed PD"

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Get more done in less time: Spend your next faculty meeting honing your staff's pedagogical skills with a series of teacher-led mini-workshops.

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This is a great blog post about consistency and discipline as an educator.

Consistency And Discipline

This is a great blog post on the importance of summarizing activities.

Culturally Responsive Strategies

What kind of PBL professional development have you found to be the most beneficial? EDge blogger Ross Cooper discusses PBL PD in this blog post.

Project-Based Learning Professional Development (part 1)

What staff development should look like in 21st century schools.

Oh no, its staff development day- I would rather be teaching my "kids"!