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Professional Development

Resources to help you keep your career goals on target.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

 

 

Featured for Fall
 

 

1 Step Back, 3 Steps Forward

 

Fall is the perfect time to pause and perfect your routines and systems. Here are 5 great goals and solutions to help you get organized!

 

 

 

 


Professional Development

Tips to help teachers achieve career goals, take on leadership positions, and more.


 

 

PD: Special Needs

Your kids have special abilities and needs, and as a special needs teacher, your classroom needs are very specific too. Here are a few top tips and tools for special needs teachers.

 


 

 

Rafe Esquith Gets Real: Project-Based

Learning

Rafe Esquith, long-time teacher and author of Real Tallk for Real Teachers, on how long-term projects teach resilience.


 


Suzanne Tingley on returning to the classroom with a masters degree and effective instructional coaches.
 



How To: Get the Grant

Score cash to fill your classroom needs—without spending a dime.
Plus, check out our handy grant calendar for tips on upcoming deadlines for a few great funding opportunities.

 


 

How To: Organize Your Classroom

Love seeing how other teachers set up their rooms? We've got some absolutely fabulous spaces to share with you!

 



Survive (and Thrive!) Your First Year

Veteran elementary teacher and author Otis Kriegel shares 10 tips to help you survive (and thrive!) your first year as a teacher.

 


Suzanne Tingley on communicating with your mentor and using team-building excercises to adjust to leadership changes.

 


 

Rafe Esquith Gets Real

Rafe Esquith, long-time teacher and author of Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire, on risking failure to help kids succeed.

 

 


 

10 Tips for Packing Up Your Classroom

Expert advice for a stress-free classroom cleanup this summer.

 


Suzanne Tingley on taking on leadership positions and running for the local school board.

 


 

50 Fabulous Apps for Teachers

Must-have apps for your smartphones and tablets.
From handwriting to virtual frog dissection these apps will invigorate your teaching.

 


 

Be a Leader

Become a school leader—without leaving the classroom.
11 tips from our experts on taking on leadership roles at your school.

 


Suzanne Tingley on taking over a class midyear and putting together your portfolio.

 


 

10 to Achieve in the New Year

Resolve to eat well, plot your next move, and give back in 2013.
Popular New Year's resolutions for teachers and how to achieve them.

 


Suzanne Tingley on asking for honest mentor feedback and setting boundaries with parents.

 



 

Essential Questions

The secret to teaching may be as simple as asking students good questions--and then giving them the opportunity to find the answers. Dr. Jeffrey D. Wilhelm talks inquiry-based learning.

 



How to Ask Your Principal for Anything

All it takes is the right time, the right place, and a little forethought.
What principals want to hear in a successful pitch for project funding and more.
 


Suzanne Tingley on coming back from maternity leave and teaching in Urban vs. Suburban schools.
 

 


 

Professional Development 2.0

Social Media for Teachers: learn tips, tricks, and teaching strategies with the next generation of PD resources. Plus, download an easy-to-print mini-poster to hang in your office.

 


Suzanne Tingley on resolving principal conflicts and working in the same school you once attended.
 



Lessons from the Teacher of the Year

Rebecca Mieliwocki, the 2012 National Teacher of the Year, on teaching as a team sport and making sense of middle-schoolers

 


 

Plan for Plants

If one of your goals this year is to start a class garden, it's already time to start planning! Check out our step-by-step guide to starting a school garden to find activities for each season.
 


Month-by-Month Career Planner

Use the ideas in our handy monthly planner to help you get organized for a successful school year.


Suzanne Tingley on getting along with a coteacher and balancing work and grad school.

 



No Gym Required

We spoke with organizers of some the best school walking and running programs in the United States—including a group of former Olympic athletes—and asked how they did it.
 


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