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  • What Is Professional Development
  • ASCD: Professional Development Visit this site for information on conferences, workshops, online training, Action Tools, videos, and audio programs.
  • NCREL: Professional Development This site is a great one-stop resource for information on professional development.
    Critical Issue: Providing Professional Development for Effective Technology Use
  • National Staff Development Council NSDC is dedicated to staff development. The site includes a wealth of interesting articles, as well as the NSDC Standards for Staff Development.
  • Some Characteristics of Learners with Teaching Implications This page from the Rochester Institute of Technology highlights the main differences between adult and youth learners.

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    Books Learn how mentors can improve professional development in your school.
    • Creating a Teacher Mentoring Program The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education offers advice on developing new or improving existing mentor programs. Contents include Creating the Climate, Context, and Structure for Effective Mentoring; Selecting, Training, and Supporting Mentors; and What Protégés Need from Mentors.

    • Teachers Network: New Teachers Online Meet the Web Mentors, veteran teachers that guide discussions on a variety of topics. Click New Teacher Helpline or How To, and find information on classroom management, working with students' families, literacy instruction, as well as implementing standards, curriculum, and assessment.

    • Edutopia Online: The Big List on Mentoring Scroll down this excellent compilation of articles, including The Good Mentor; Mentoring: Recent Research Highlights; Reflections: What Constitutes a Good Mentoring Relationship; Perspectives on Mentoring; and Teachers Supporting Teachers.

    • Program Design: Collaboration Through Mentoring and Peer Coaching This site defines mentoring and provides tips for, and characteristics of, effective mentors.

    • Mentoring the Mentor: A Challenge for Staff Development Find detailed information on the challenges that schools face in implementing a mentoring program for novice teachers.

    50 States' Certification Requirements

    Building Bridges: The Mission & Principles of Professional Development Creating a Problem-based learning Task A WebQuest to guide teachers in developing a Problem-Based Learning Task


    Edutopia's Professional Development Modules

    Essential Questions

    Examine and Discuss Current Attitudes toward Professional Development

    Finding Time for Professional Development

    Harvey Barnett's model of staff development.

    HTMLGoodies good tutorials and ever growing.

    The Internet for Teachers.

    Integrating Technology into Schools

    Linking to Student Achievement data I'm writing my next column and articles on the importance of using student achievement to drive the technology professional development program and process to design the action plan. Standards and curriculum fit also.

    Making Change Happen: Planning for Success (for technology)

    Michigan Technology Staffing Guidelines web site. The formula there is really a worksheet, and is meant to help districts understand better the number of staff they need in different technology support areas, and factors that influence whether they need more or less staff.

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    The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education offers suggestions on how teachers can improve student achievement as well as create a mentoring program.

    NCRTEC: North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium The North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium helps schools integrate technology into their classrooms through teacher assistance, professional development, and innovative tools.

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  • On Becoming a Netizen

    Pre-K-12 Technology Scope and Sequence

    Prisoners of Time (Publication that includes a chapter on Professional Development--Chapter Four: Give Teachers the Professional Time and Opportunities They Need to Do Their Jobs)

    Professional Development Labratory at NYU in NYC.

    Professional Development: Learning From the Best

    Project Interactive is one of several Modeling And Simulation Tools for Education Reform (MASTER) Tools developed by The Shodor Education Foundation, Inc., a non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the advancement of science and math education, specifically through the use of modeling and simulation technologies

    References and resources for the teacher learning to use technology as an educational tool. "I have worked in the NYC elementary school system for 8 years. During 4 of those years, I worked as a computer lab teacher. As a result, I have had gained first hand experience with the successes and failures of using technology in the classroom. By no means have I become the 'Technology Guru.' However, I do believe that as a profession, teachers need more vehicles in which to communicate and share their professional knowledge. Over the years, I have learned so much from colleagues who have been kind enough to share their experiences and ideas with me."

    Resources for Educators Take a look at sites that have information on Acceptable Use Policies, Classroom Management, Grants and Funding, Professional Development, and Schools on the Internet.

    National Staff Development Council Library for staff development resources.

    Realizing New Learning for All Students Through Professional Development (Fantastic resource for all aspects of professional development-Critical Issues)

    The Southwest Educational Developmental Laboratory SEDL has a GREAT set of resources that is inexpensive and extremely useful. There are a set of booklets to guide professional development sessions. There are videos that correlate and have examples of real students and teachers at work. We used one training module from them called "Deconstructing Constructivism". It was great! The coolest thing about it was that as a professional developer you practice what you preach. The session itself is very constructivist. It has always bothered me that some of my training sessions are still pretty traditional when I am talking about different ways of teaching in the classroom. They are always hands on, but there is too much time when I am up in front telling everyone else what to do. Janice Friesen.

    Staff Development from PSSA at PSU.

    Staff Development ideas, content based lesson plans, downloadable activities, tips on classroom resources, interactive discussion boards, and more!"

    A Planning Guide for Staff Development This site provides extensive information about how schools can implement professional development. Explore the benefits of having existing staff become technology experts.

    Staff Development for Technology Integration

    Staff Development Iowa sample

    Teacher Quality Helping Teachers Through High-Quality Professional Development

    Teachers take Charge of Their Learning: Transforming Professional Development for Student Success

    Teaching Across the Curriculum - Writing Across the Curriculum is the web's only site that is dedicated to empowering educators with personal peer support.

    Technology for Teachers See the whole section on the one computer classroom, that might give you some ideas.

    TECH USES IN AND OUT OF SCHOOL "Students Embrace Technology" by Jay Mathews Washington Post June 5, 2001 This article, which looks at how educators feel about the state of technology in their schools, is a typical end-of-the-year summary piece. Several of the teachers and administrators interviewed mentioned how crucial -- and difficult -- the professional development aspect of technology integration is, even after all these years of using computers in their schools. The overall lack of training means that some students do not have a knowledgeable resource on the more technical issues that arise from using computers to complete assignments. A more successful element of technology integration has been the acquisition of computers, at least for student use. The national average of student-to-computer ratios has risen to 1:5, with wealthier school districts nearing a ratio of 1:1.

    This program won a US Dept. of Education award for exemplary professional development in technology.

    The site was built to provide a resource for training - how the net was invented, how it works, advanced use, security issues, and related info. In the last year, index pages have been added for software, books, and people, a mailing list and chat area have been added, and photographs of many of the people who helped create the Internet have been posted. The site is in daily use by schools, libraries, colleges, universities, and training companies around the world to teach people about the Internet. The source code has just been released under the free software GNU license. A few comments on the site by some knowledgeable folks are copied below. If you find the site useful in your Internet training activities, please tell your friends and colleagues.

    Technology Proficiency by Technology Pioneers

    Training Workshops

    Tutorials OnLine: is a site that provides two categories of tutorials, one on application skills and the other on general learning skills. The application skills concentrate on Microsoft products (PowerPoint, Office Suite, etc.). The tutorials are very "user-friendly" with lots of screen shots. They are delivered within the context of the classroom. They are great for both teachers and students. The second category provides online tutorials/courses for math, writing, etc. These opportunities focus on students. They provide real concrete learning opportunities and can be used throughout the school year. A majority of these tutorials under both categories are free. is a site that provides online courses for a minimal fee and online tutorials for free. The free tutorials cover a wide range of categories... such as Photoshop, FrontPage, Fireworks, Linux, Unix, MS office, Web Development, etc.

    The Visible Knowledge Project (VKP) is a five-year project aimed at improving the quality of college and university teaching through a focus on both student learning and faculty development in technology-enhanced environments. The Project involves over 70 faculty from 21 campuses nationwide.

    Wrong Turn an analgy about staff development.

    >How can an administrator support the professional development program?
    1.  Be proactive  -- learn how to incorporate technology resources into 
    meetings and your leadership role.  Use spreadsheets, charts, slide shows, 
    email, digital images, etc. in reports and presentations.
    2.  Support technology staff development budget of 25% of the total 
    technology budget.
    3.  Reward educators and staff who make the effort to utilize technology 
    effectively in the classroom and their attendance at 
    technology conferences and workshops.
    4.  Support educators who integrate technology by providing them with 
    resources they need... access to LCD projectors, digital cameras, scanners, 
    digital video equipment, software, etc.
    5.  Participate in technology in-services -- learn as much as you can and 
    model it's use.
    6.  Advocate for full-time instructional technology and technical support 
    staff.   The weakest link in the system is staffing...EX...supporting 250 
    computers with one technician and no full-time instructional technology 
    staffing is NOT effective.
    7.  Acknowledge the efforts of those who participate in technology staff 
    >What does an administrator need to know to support technology at their 
    1.  Be well-acquainted with NETS (National Educational Technology Standards 
    for Students and now available for Teachers) (see:
    2.  Monitor the integration of technology into the curriculum -- what are 
    the local, state and national standards and how are educators integrating them?
    3.  Understand the limitations and capabilities of your system.  Do you 
    have an adequate budget to support technology upgrades, software licensing, 
    staffing, wiring, and staff development?   Play a role in improving the 
    status quo by actively serving on your district technology committee.
    4.  Be familiar with model / best practices of technology integration.
    5.  Get a handle on the status of technology and information literacy 
    skills -- what do students know by the time they leave 4th, 8th, and 12th 
    grade? Hold educators accountable for integrating technology but you MUST 
    provide them with the support and resources.
    6.  Teachers can NOT be expected to integrate technology without 
    leadership, support, assistance, etc. in the form of instructional 
    technology support.  There is far too much to learn in the ever-changing 
    world of technology --- hire technology resource staffing (instructional 
    technologists) to serve as the beacon who can provide support, staff 
    development, leadership, tech integration assistance.  There are a few 
    teachers who do take the lead on their own but the vast majority are 
    overwhelmed by technology and need some level of assistance.
    Jan Wee, Instructional Technologist
    School District of Holmen
    Office: HHS
    Holmen, Wisconsin 54636