A Pennsylvania high school offers a weekly, teacher-led professional-development workshop to help teachers boost their technology skills. On Tech Thursdays, teachers share online lessons, resources and favorite tablet applications besides taking formal tech classes offered by the district.
Connecting the school to the wider community was important to Carol Hunter when she was a principal. Hunter, an award-winning, retired elementary-school principal and president of Impact Leadership, writes in this blog post about a successful approach she took, while leading a large inner-city school, that included empowering teachers, students and parents. As part of the approach, students signed up for yoga and acted as leaders in conflict resolution, while teachers were empowered through shared leadership and professional development.
Middle-grades educator Dave Guymon in this blog post suggests four methods of teacher-led professional development. His suggestions include blogging about teaching practices to reflect and catalog personal growth as an educator and attending a teacher-led Edcamp conference. "At the heart of any approach to professional development is an attitude about how, when and where we learn best," he writes. "In today's educational ecosystem, the answers to these questions can largely be found online."
In this blog post, educator Naphtali Hoff writes about his optimism for the future of education -- in part, because of the influence of social media. Some teachers already are using social media to engage students, interact with each other and access new, exciting resources, he notes. "Social media has brought educators together virtually, giving us a deeper connection to the educational world in which we operate," Hoff adds.
Becoming a successful teacher isn't easy, writes Isaac Pineda, a language arts and history teacher in Monterrey, Mexico. In this blog post, he shares five ways in which educators can maintain motivation and growth in the profession. Among his ideas are to have a personal desire to learn, embrace technology, expand professional learning through Twitter and understand that professional development can take place anytime, anywhere.