As administrators and educational technologists plan their technology needs for an upcoming school year, professional development must be a part of the plan. All of the innovative products in the world will not make a difference if teachers do not know how to use them.
Professional growth aside, this development is phenomenal, connecting educators all over the world in 280 characters or less. In June, Edmentum ran our first live Twitter chat (or tweet chat), and due to its success, we will be hosting another on Thursday, July 26, at 9:00 p.m. EDT.
Great mentors can be the key to setting yourself up for success in any career. Being a mentor can be a great way to pass down the wisdom, tips, and tricks you’ve learned over the course of your career. Many veteran teachers often volunteer (or are urged to) mentor an incoming teacher. While being a mentor can be a lot of work, mentoring new teachers is critical to the success of the school year (and their teaching career as a whole).
Small changes happen every day as teachers find new ways to integrate technology, connect with each other, and give students the skills the 21st century requires of them. These changes tend to grow into trends and, if applicable, best practices.
The nation is experiencing a teacher shortage that is only expected to grow. Although district funding is rising, teacher raises tend to only cover the rate of inflation. Therefore, retaining promising educators is a paramount challenge for administrators that takes some outside-the-box thinking. Here are a few tips to help keep your best teachers on staff.
Filling slots in the teaching world is a necessary task for a school leader. Colleagues retire, move away, or unfortunately, leave the profession. As we all know, teaching is a very unique profession, and it’s important to find the intangibles within candidates that can signify success. Here are some things to look for as you’re interviewing this summer.
One way that administrators can lighten their teachers' workloads is through educational technology (edtech). When district and school administrators are looking to implement new edtech, they are often looking only at the ways the programs directly help students. Because teachers can impact student achievement more than any other factor at a school, choosing edtech programs that make their jobs easier will result in better outcomes for students.