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Step 2: Lead Face to Face. Leave Digital Footprints
Nicole Tucker-Smith
Nicole Tucker-Smith

Step 2: Lead Face to Face. Leave Digital Footprints

When delivering face-to-face professional development, what happens after the inservice day is over or after the guest presenter leaves? Right now school and district leaders are planning professional development that will take place in the upcoming weeks as part of our back-to-school routine, but what will be the impact by October? January? How much of the PD we plan today will result in changes in teaching practice tomorrow?

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10 Concrete Steps to Planning PD that Thrives Throughout the Year
Nicole Tucker-Smith
Nicole Tucker-Smith

10 Concrete Steps to Planning PD that Thrives Throughout the Year

It’s that time of the year again! As we get ready for the start of the school year, professional development leaders everywhere - whether leading PD for a school, district, region, or state - are making yearlong professional development plans in hopes that by improving adult learning we can impact student learning. If you or someone you know has been tasked with that challenge, here are 10 concrete steps to planning PD that thrives throughout the year. Each step featured includes downloadable resources to help make your job of helping teachers a little bit easier.

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Lessoncast Wins Teacher Endorsement on Edsurge/Gates Foundation Shark Tank
Nicole Tucker-Smith
Nicole Tucker-Smith

Lessoncast Wins Teacher Endorsement on Edsurge/Gates Foundation Shark Tank

500+ teachers watched and voted online. Four teacher "sharks" circled the tank with tough questions about impact, implementation, innovation, and results. And...

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On Mirages and Movements: Confessions of a Professional Development Leader
Nicole Tucker-Smith
Nicole Tucker-Smith

On Mirages and Movements: Confessions of a Professional Development Leader

The recent TNTP report, The Mirage, revealed a secret that I’ve long avoided admitting out loud – that most teacher professional development (PD) efforts do not appear to have a measurable benefit to teacher or student learning.

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Misconceptions of Scaling Ed Innovation
Nicole Tucker-Smith
Nicole Tucker-Smith

Misconceptions of Scaling Ed Innovation

Great things are happening in education, but too frequently success occurs in pockets. There is a path to scaling effective innovations, but beware of falling for misconceptions that lead us down side roads of disappointment and blame. Scaling innovation is a process that recognizes teachers as thoughtful learners and learners as insightful teachers.

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Blended Learning & the Learner: What's edtech got to do with it?
Nicole Tucker-Smith
Nicole Tucker-Smith

Blended Learning & the Learner: What's edtech got to do with it?

What do we really want students to be able to do with technology? Sometimes blended learning or the integration of specific tools is held up as the goal when really they are the means to achieving a higher purpose: high-quality, optimal learning experiences for each and every student.

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