Prioritizing Professional Development, During and After the Pandemic (eSchool News Podcast)

In this conversation with eSchool News’ Kevin Hogan for the podcast Innovations in Education, Diane Lauer talks about how COVID couldn’t stop teacher training. In fact, her work as Assistant Superintendent of Priority Programs and Academic Support at St. Vrain Valley Schools in Colorado became that much more important as professional development stayed a pandemic priority.

Diane breaks down her strategies for keeping educators engaged and enthusiastic around technology and instruction.

From “the 25-year chemistry teacher [to] the first-year kindergarten teacher, everybody wants to be great. Everybody wants to be able to connect with their kids” and Diane talks about how Edthena and other web platforms enhance professional development for all educators in ways that should continue during and post-pandemic.

Still Feeling Distant from Students? Become More Connected by Teaching with Empathy

Distance learning doesn’t necessitate only online teaching Students need more opportunities to engage with learning Build classroom community by modeling and teaching with empathy In this #PLtogether Lounge Talk, we talked with Nina Gilbert about teaching with empathy as it relates to distance teaching and cultural responsiveness. Over the years, Nina who has a doctorate…

Issuing Micro-Credentials to Your Teachers Can Reward Competency

Micro-credentials are an emerging method for helping teachers document their professional learning. They offer districts an innovative way to document teachers’ skills while allowing the teachers to share their progress with others via a digital badge. Organizations that want to issue micro-credentials to their teachers can accomplish that process via their Edthena partnership. Edthena brings…

Resources for Teacher and Instructional Coaches – March 2021

As we are blossoming into the spring months, in-person learning is also started to spring as schools are reopening across the county. Here are some interesting reads for teachers and instructional coaches around recommendations around reopening, teaching culturally responsive teaching, and prioritizing student mental health.  Help your students see themselves when teaching American history Here…