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General Professional Development Sites
- Doing What Works
Doing What Works, a new U.S. Department of Education Web site, aims to help educators adapt research-based educational techniques to their own schools. Teachers can read about the studies undergirding recommended educational strategies; access video, slides or audio recordings of educators using those practices in schools; or see examples of tools for implementing such strategies in their own schools.
- Pedagogy in Action-Techniques for Teaching Science(s)
Pedagogy in Action documents more than 25 pedagogic techniques for teaching sciences: case-based learning, game-based learning, making and testing conjectures, peer review, quantitative writing, role playing, using spreadsheets and others. Find more than 600 learning activities in biology, environmental science, geography, geoscience, math and physics.
- ELL Resources: Colorin Colorado
Colorin Colorado is a bilingual website geared toward Spanish speakers with dozens of downloadable resources for teachers, parents, and librarians, including leveled book lists, tip sheets, and a 92-page tool kit for reaching out to Latino parents.
- Schoolwide Network
This is a search-engine site featuring numerous video and document files for professional development (e.g., launching writers’ workshop or a student-run bookstore). Educators can create an account and contribute files. Material is quality-controlled and ranked in order of popularity.
- Interactive Techniques
Kevin Yee, a professor at the University of Central Florida and assistant director of the university’s Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, offers advice on how teachers can make their lessons more interactive. Yee is the author of “Interactive Techniques,” a collection of more than 100 teaching strategies—compiled from different sources—that aim to energize students and engage them in lessons. Some of the techniques involve technology. For example, in Follow the Leader, one student is appointed as tweeting “chairperson” responsible for posting the most important concepts discussed in the day’s class on Twitter. Other students follow the Twitter feed and “retweet” any discussions or disagreements. Other techniques are very “low-tech.” For example, in Pass the Chalk, one student is given a piece of chalk or a soft toy; whoever has it must answer your next question. That student then passes it on to the student of his or her choice.
- MasteryConnect Common Core Standards
MasteryConnect recently released a free app with searchable Common Core Standards for K–12 mathematics and language arts. You can quickly find standards by subject, grade or subject category (domain/cluster). Download the free app in Apple’s iTunes App Store or the Android Market.
100 Best YouTube Teaching Videos
This website has 100 teaching videos organized by category, including classroom management, science, and inspirational clips.
Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards
An educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.
This website has advice from educators on making the transition to the Common Core State Standards, plus a list of helpful websites.
Questions to ask vendors about Common Core alignment
This Education Week article by Tom Vander Ark offers advice on how to make sure textbooks and other materials are truly aligned to the new standards.
Literacy Design Collaborative website
This website has resources and tools to implement the Common Core ELA standards.
Professional Development Webinars
Over the past year, edWeb has hosted more than 100 webinars on topics for professional development, including game-based learning, mobile learning, Common Core Standards, autism, technology, e-books, new teacher help, blended learning, and more. All edWeb webinars are archived in edWeb’s professional learning communities. Join a community, watch the webinar recordings, take the CE quiz, and you’ll receive a certificate for participation. As a member of an edWeb community, you’ll be invited to future, free webinars and will have the opportunity to connect with peers for a highly engaging and interactive webinar with edWeb’s expert presenters.
Research for Better Teaching: Checking for Understanding video
In this free 15-minute clip on the Research for Better Teaching website, staff development guru Jon Saphier explains effective in-classroom checking for understanding and plays clips of teachers in action.
More Student Writing With Less Teacher Grading
Here are Mike Schmoker’s recommendations for how teachers can deal with the three-headed monster of student writing: overload, infrequent writing assignments, and slow turnaround.
Teachers’ Guide to Videos
Among all the millions of videos “out there,” how do you find the great ones? How do you evaluate the quality of a video? Who are the great content creators, and what are the best curation sites? Which kinds of videos work as fun supplements, and which are best for actual instruction? How do you get students engaged in discussion after watching videos? How do you blend videos into your curriculum? In collaboration with educator Catlin Tucker, Mind/Shift presents a Teachers’ Guide to Videos to answer these questions and more. In this freely downloadable guide, you’ll find a multitude of valuable resources, including video links for many subject areas—history, math, science, language arts and more—and ideas on how to inspire students to use videos as a conduit to dig in, ask questions and learn.
EdSteps, a website created by the Council of Chief State School Officers, aims to give teachers, parents, and students access to a large public library of student work samples in key skill areas on a continuum from emerging to accomplished.
The Grant Wrangler site has a free listing of grants available to K-12 schools and teachers, searchable by keyword and deadline.
Curriculum Vitae Maker
Provides a simple step-by-step creation of a Curriculum Vitae.
Professional Development : Special Education Sites
Your Therapy Source
Online resource for special education, pediatric occupational therapy and pediatric physical therapy. (from the site)
Learning disabilities website
Learning Disabilities Online has current information and advice for parents and teachers on topics including attention deficit disorder, reading-comprehension difficulties, and speech impairments.
ELL Teaching Recipes
This site allows English language learner teachers to share their favorite strategies and lesson plans.
Bookshare is a free service with more than 70,000 books for K-12 students with a visual impairment, a physical disability, or a reading disability that makes it difficult or impossible to read standard print.