Las Vegas-area school district approves new teacher contract
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada school district has approved a new employee contract after Las Vegas area teachers threatened to strike, officials said.
Nevada governor urges deal; teachers stop strike planning
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada teachers union has paused teacher strike preparations in the Clark County School District following a news conference from the state governor.
UIC researchers get $4.7M for math teacher development
CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have received nearly $5 million to create a professional development program for math teachers in suburbs south of the...
North Country teaching fellowship applicants sought
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for its Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship and Professional Development Scholarship programs.
Kamala Harris promises teachers a raise if elected president
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the first major policy proposal of her presidential campaign, Sen. Kamala Harris of California is focused on boosting the salaries of teachers.
New Mexico governor names education leadership team
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An expert in professional development for teachers was named Thursday as New Mexico's secretary of public education, as the state grapples with a court order to increase school resources for struggling children from minority and low-income families.
University hosts professional development day for US workers
STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — A Virginia university is hosting a day of professional development and "personal enrichment" for federal employees who have been furloughed during the partial government shutdown.
The University of Mary Washington has invited all workers affected by the shutdown to a free program Thursday on its Stafford campus.
Faculty will join administrators to offer leadership lessons, workplace tutorials and a brown-bag networking lunch.
University of Florida program will help STEM teachers
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida College of Engineering is using a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide professional development for STEM teachers in 11 school districts.
The Gainesville Sun reports the program will be directed by Nancy Ruzycki, a lecturer and director of undergraduate laboratories in UF's Department of Material Sciences. It will help teachers in the use of and lesson planning for data gathering and data analytics.
Providence teachers reach tentative contract agreement
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence Teachers Union has reached a tentative contract agreement with the city that includes pay raises and more professional development.
The proposal will head to the union's 1,900 members next Thursday, and if approved, it will go to City Council for ratification. Teachers have been working without a contract since August 2017.
Teachers have operated under a work-to-rule provision since August, which means they only do what's contractually required.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is receiving a federal grant of more than $4.3 million to help prevent student obesity, manage childhood chronic disease and prevent those sicknesses in adulthood.
According to the state Department of Education, the grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will focus on awareness and policies for school-based health education, physical education and physical activity, healthy eating, and management of chronic health conditions.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Close to 7,000 teachers are expected to attend a three-day gathering in New Orleans dedicated to professional development.
The Louisiana Department of Education's sixth annual Louisiana Teacher Leader Summit begins Wednesday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Business leaders urge changes to K-12 education
Give teachers more access to technology, data and high-quality professional development as well as maintain current K-12 state assessment tools. Those are among several recommendations from Michigan business leaders in a new education report released Tuesday.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Team Hill’s Top III Professional Development Committee hosted a leadership seminar here, March 1, where senior NCOs re-enacted some of their own decision-making experiences for junior enlisted and NCO supervisors.
The committee is charged with designing tier specific training for enlisted Airmen.
Our View: Community support improves our teachers — and keeps them around
There are a lot of people with a lot of ideas about how to make education better. One Lake Havasu City couple is putting their money where their mouths are. Some time ago, Jerry and Cindy Aldridge donated $50,000 to the K-12 Foundation to encourage teachers obtain professional development through the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.
Students receive professional development
SAN BENITO — The students of San Benito’s Positive Redirection Center are getting some much-needed advice about the future.
Once a week, students are visited by business owners and city leaders to get information about joining the workforce.
The initiative began after interim principal, Laura Garza took over in December.
Teachers say curriculum update to include more black history
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Public schools have come a long way in trying to incorporate the full breadth and significance of the African-American experience in their U.S. history curriculum. But many teachers, students and state and local education officials agree: There's still more to be done.
Accused Bismarck high school teacher must undergo training
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck Century High School teacher accused of inappropriate behavior will be required to undergo professional development training in classroom ethics and sexual harassment training.
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Area teachers get creative at professional development day
BULLHEAD CITY — STEAM is everywhere, even when you’re not looking for it.
Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math are concepts that apply to everyone, said Sonia Roy.
Even primary school children.
Roy, librarian at Coyote Canyon Elementary School, led a session called “Easy Peasy STEAM in the Primary Classroom” Friday during Colorado River Schools’ professional development day activities.
Retail group, college, partner on development workshops
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Retail Association and Granite State College have partnered to create professional development opportunities for members of the association.
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Hikers who climb a mountain without a guidebook could probably still reach the summit, but they might run into obstacles they could have avoided, or miss things like shortcuts and unique landmarks. Career assistance advisors are like a guidebook. They can help Airmen avoid obstacles, find the shortest path to where they want to be in their careers and discover enriching stops along the way.
GREENWICH — The Board of Education selected a 2019-20 school calendar Thursday night, choosing one that will reduce the number of early release days and add an extra day off from school in October for potential college visits.
Regional Office of Education event to strengthen collaboration between teachers
MALTA – Jay Streicher, superintendent of Somonauk District 432, said teachers can sometimes have tunnel vision when it comes to professional development.
He said chances are rare to collaborate with with educators from other school districts.
Welcoming Schools partnership expanded
The Madison School District is ramping up its efforts to create inclusive school environments.
Educator-led program addresses teachers’ needs
LOS FRESNOS — This weekend, more than 100 educators from the Valley are gathering at Los Fresnos United for a professional development program known as EdCamp.
The second annual EdCamp program is free and open to all educators.
Los Fresnos secondary science strategist Alejandra Guzman said EdCamp is considered an unconference because there are no presenters.
The EdCamp agenda is created on the day of the event and is suited to fit the teachers’ needs.
Kansas State University physics department gets $1.5M grant
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State University physics department has received a $1.5 million grant to improve an online professional development tool for physics teachers.
Two local school board members were recently recognized for their efforts to further their professional development.
The Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) announced Tuesday that it honored Larry Craybas, Bethel school board chairman, and Kathleen Molinaro, Danbury school board member, as Certificated Board of Education Members in the CABE Board Member Academy for the 2016-17 school year.
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Teachers put in 5 prep days + 1 training day
By the time classes start for about 10,500 Bulloch County Schools students Tuesday, their teachers will have been at work six days, including the first of four added countywide teacher training and cooperative planning days throughout the year.
Humble Elementary teachers provide professional development in Guatemala
Humble Elementary teachers traveled to Chimaltengo, Guatemala, to provide professional development to teachers at Mi Especial Tesoro, or My Special Treasure school, this summer.
Mrozinski completes second year at Institute for Organization Management
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, has announced that Rita Mrozinski, president of the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce, has recently completed her second year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at University of Wisconsin in Madison.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Charleston County School District is planning to train teachers to identify the patterns of Gullah and Geechee language, as part of an effort to better serve student speakers.
Greenwich teachers get their own individualized courses
GREENWICH — The students were gone, but Greenwich Public Schools still bubbled with learning.
Teachers gathered in classrooms and libraries, collecting in trios, small groups or workshops of dozens to talk about curriculum, teaching techniques and new materials.
Taking a cue from the lessons they teach their students, teachers this year have been able to “personalize” their professional development, choosing from more than 120 teaching workshops throughout the year or designing their own.
Kalispell Public Schools approve calendar
Kalispell Public Schools calendar for the 2017-18 school year has been approved by the school board.
A draft of the 2019-20 calendar was also approved.
In the 2017-18 school year, the first day of school for students will be Aug. 30 and the last day will be June 8, 2018.
A professional development day on Nov. 22 will precede Thanksgiving break Nov. 23-24 and there will be no school for students. Winter break begins Dec. 22 and goes through Jan. 2, 2018.
Reader View: Avid for AVID — college prep program growing in SFPS
“I am totally avidized. I wicorize my lessons!” No, this is not a pledge taken by students at Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School. It is a cry of delight spoken by one of the thousands of teachers across the U.S. attending a three-day intensive summer training course that is required for teachers of AVID, an acronym that stands for the program’s mantra: “Advancement Via Individual Determination.” Many AVID teachers claim it’s the best professional development they ever had.
School board formulating calendar for 2017-18
NEEDLES —A large component of the Local Control and Accountability Plan for the Needles Unified School District is professional development. One of the major projects that NUSD superintendent Mary McNeil, Ph.D. is assessing is the the school district’s ability to provide professional development.
Martinez nixes public records bill
Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed a bill Friday that would have stopped state agencies from denying members of the public copies of government databases on the grounds that they might use the information for political purposes, a practice the bill’s backers argue is unconstitutional.
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts for education could cause local school districts to either reduce training for teachers trying to keep up with best practices for education and keep up with changing state and federal requirements or to deplete their general fund money to continue those training programs.
Trump also seeks to reduce federal funding for special before school and after school programs designed to help at-risk students keep up with their classmates.
My View: Professional Learning Community central to turnaround at Ramirez Thomas school
In 2010, Ramirez Thomas Elementary School was one of the lowest performing schools in the state and the lowest ranked public school in Santa Fe. By 2013, as recipients of a three-year U.S. Department of Education “Turnaround” grant, educators at Ramirez Thomas Elementary — where 92.4 percent of students are Hispanic, 99.4 percent of students receive free or discounted lunches and English is the second language of approximately 50 percent of the students — turned a failing school around.
Educating teachers: Development day gives area educators exposure to new tech
BULLHEAD CITY — Brittnie Hebnes was in town Friday to teach the teachers.
Her topic: digital storytelling.
Hebnes, a Microsoft teacher ambassador, gave her presentation at Mohave High School as part of a professional development day hosted by the Bullhead City and Colorado River school districts.
Her session focused on Sway, one of the company’s presentation programs.
Digital storytelling, Hebnes said, is applying technology to an ancient art form.
SRNS leadership group hosts professional development conference
Leadership is not something that comes without time and effort, so one group at South Carolina’s Savannah River Site is investing more of each to cultivate potential.
Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little to speak at ISU College of Business
POCATELLO – On Monday, Nov. 28, Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little will speak on behalf of the Idaho State University College of Business’s Wells Fargo Speaker Series.
Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited and welcome to attend lunch at noon and the presentation from 12:20 to 1 p.m. in the Wood River Room of the Pond Student Union on ISU’s Pocatello campus.
Schuyler Community Schools has a new three-year partnership with Discovery Education, a provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.
The latest phase of the collaboration focuses on professional development and will give eight educators from Schuyler Central High School the opportunity to participate in Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps initiative.
Fed grant to Highlands University aims to help ESL teachers
LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A new federal grant aims to help educators earn second language education degrees at Highlands University.
The northern New Mexico school announce this week that the U.S. Department of Education recently awarded Highlands a $2.2 million grant to help students with tuition, books, and related professional development.
Arizona earns praise for teacher training database
WASHINGTON – Arizona won praise in a recent report for its program linking preschool teachers with training and scholarships, even as the report said low wages for those teachers could make such systems an exercise in futility.
The Early Childhood Workforce Index said that low wages and varying standards in most states makes it difficult to provide quality education in daycare and preschool settings.
Stamford board names new director of school improvement
STAMFORD — The Board of Education unanimously approved this week the appointment of Abbie Lareau as director of school improvement and professional development for the district’s secondary schools.
Lareau will be responsible for directing the school improvement planning process, helping secondary schools meet their improvement goals and setting professional development plans for teachers and administrators in the district.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Barbour County teacher who helped keep students safe when a boy held a high school class hostage is set to speak at a conference.
Phillip Barbour High School teacher Twila Smith will be among the presenters Tuesday at the West Virginia Center for Professional Development's Safe Schools Summit. It will be held at the Charleston Marriott Hotel.
Last August, a 14-year-old freshman took Smith's class hostage at gunpoint. Smith tried to keep...
Preparing Better Teachers: New evaluation system promotes more professional development
HARLINGEN — When Beatrice Cruz learned she and her fellow teachers would be evaluated under a new system, she knew exactly what to do.
She set goals. She planned. She developed strategies to improve her performance as a fifth grade teacher at Zavala Elementary.
“It helped me add more depth and rigor to my lessons,” Cruz said.
More depth and rigor in the classroom translates into more engaged learning for students. Better learning means more power and...