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Professional Development Resources for Teachers

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Discover a wide range of professional development resources for teachers. You can improve your teaching skills with these articles, lesson plans, and resources from notable publishers and experts in the field. Whether you're interested in improving your teaching skills with a few new concepts or are interested in acquiring an advanced degree, we have the advice and resources to help you ensure you're teaching at the highest possible level.

Online Professional Development Courses
Brought to you by PCG Education. this selection of convenient, affordable, and flexible online professional development courses is perfect for new or veteran teachers who want to earn PD hours, graduate credits, or just boost skills and career options.
  • Differentiating Teaching and Instruction

    For many of you, the diversity of the modern classroom can be an amazing but intimidating experience. It is challenging to try to reach kids who come to you at different levels, and with a range of styles, interests and needs. Differentiated instruction is supposed to help, but how can you practically start using it in your teaching to better support all of your students?

  • Pedagogical Strategies for English Learners

    Struggling to prepare lessons and deliver instruction to EL students? Worried that they may not be making yearly progress in core subjects? Looking for ways to help English learners close the achievement gap? You're not alone.

  • Survival Strategies for New Teachers

    Like many of your new-teacher colleagues, you might have the passion and drive to build a career in the classroom - but you probably need a set of tried-and-true strategies, too, if you're going to survive the roller coaster ride that comes along with your first days, weeks, and months in the classroom.

  • Relationally Responsible Classroom Management

    Changing the way you approach your relationships with students can be hard - but might be the most important and influential teaching strategy you ever implement.

  • Building Academic Language

    As students prepare to tackle more complex and complicated subject matter in middle school and high school, it's crucially important that they are able to understand and use language in an academic context. Are your students ready to face this challenge? Do you know how to identify and remediate gaps in language usage?

  • Making Student Thinking Visible

    Do your students think critically, deeply, and collaboratively? Learning happens best when students are doing things together and talking with each other about their experiences - but it can be difficult to foster these kinds of classroom experiences without the right tools and strategies.

  • Pyramid Response to Intervention

    Students who don't get the education they need run higher risks not only of dropping out of school, but of incarceration, homelessness, and early death. Pyramid response to intervention (PRTI) seeks to remedy that situation - and has met with remarkable success.

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Teaching Strategies
This section highlights some of the key teaching strategies that are producing the best results in education now. Review each section to see how you can improve your own teaching style and personal pedagogy in your content area.
  • Resources for Effective Teaching Strategies

    Learn more about the methodologies of effective teaching. You'll find strategies to teach students with learning disabilities, to improve students' cooperative learning skills, and to improve reading, language arts, science, and math skills.

  • Elementary Mathematics: Measurement

    Discover everything you need to successfully teach measurement to elementary students, from references and lesson plans to printable worksheets and graphic organizers.

  • Classroom Management

    The toughest challenges become easier when you have the right resources. Find our best classroom management resources, from room set-up advice to behavior modification articles to effective teaching methods.

  • Journaling Teaching Strategies

    Use these journaling strategies in your classroom to expand the learning capabilities of your students. Included are articles to teach you about each concept and lesson plans with which you can implement the strategies.

  • Cooperative Learning Teaching Strategies

    Use these cooperative learning strategies in your classroom to help increase collaboration and teamwork in your classroom. Featured are articles and resources to help you implement the strategies.

  • Teaching Methods

    Discover a vast range of current articles on teaching methods, such as cooperative learning, inclusion, and authentic assessment. These resources are ideal for teachers of all grades.

  • Resources for Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire

    Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire is an inspiring guide to transforming every child's education written by one of America's most celebrated educators, Rafe Esquith. Read excerpts from Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire, and listen to a podcast of Rafe Esquith talking about his book.

  • Using Manipulatives

    Manipulatives are physical objects that are used as teaching tools to engage students in the hands-on learning of mathematics. They can be used to introduce, practice, or remediate a concept.

  • Learning Centers in the Classroom

    Get information on learning centers, where students use instructional material to explore alone or in groups, and how to incorporate them in to your instructional routine.

  • Adapt Lessons to Reach All Students

    An overview of six curricular design issues that help ensure appropriate inclusive teaching.

Assessment
One of the hardest parts of teaching is finding a fair assessment that will demonstrate how much your students have learned after a given concept or topic. Make sure that you look through this section for assessment databases for all your testing needs and key tips and strategies.
  • Assessment Advice & Forms

    Assessment can be a tricky task. Our collection of ideas and forms will make it easier for you to evaluate and grade your students' work, no matter their grade level.

  • Rubrics Library for Teachers

    Our extensive library of rubrics will help you assess your students' work in all subjects, from reading & language arts, to science, to social studies.

Portfolios
Student and Teacher portfolios allow you to review the accomplishments of an exciting school year. Use the resources in this section to help you introduce portfolios to your students or organize your own.
  • Portfolios

    This collection of articles and resource will help you build portfolios with your students. Portfolios are a great mode of assessment for your classroom.

  • Professional Portfolios Resources for Teachers

    Learn how to create a professional portfolio that accurately showcases your talents as an educator. Plus, find helpful tips on preparing your professional portfolio for a job interview.

Classroom & Behavior Management
Use this section to find resources on classroom and behavior mangement. Whether you need tips and strategies, resources for working with certain student subgroups, or are interested in taking your teaching game up a notch!
  • Elementary Classroom Survival Tips

    These survival tips will help teachers of grades K-4 successfully manage their classroom. Check out the curriculum planning tips to find advice for elementary art, math, reading, science, and more!

  • Behavior Management Resources

    Use our behavior management resources to establish effective classroom discipline. Learn how to handle disruptive student behavior and minimize its effect on others with these articles and printables.

  • Personalizing the Secondary Classroom

    Find ideas and activities for personalizing your secondary classroom. These articles, printables, and guides will aid teachers in making their classroom safe and inviting for grades 9-12.

  • Bloom's Taxonomy Resources

    Encourage your students to do higher level thinking by using Bloom's Taxonomy when you create lessons. You'll find it indispensable for planning units and developing skills, which lead students to refine their thinking.

  • Advice from Veteran Teachers

    New teachers will find valuable advice from experienced teachers on parent-teacher communication, lesson planning, and more. Use these resources to help manage your classroom and plan your curriculum.

  • Special Needs Resource Center

    Find answers to questions about issues such as ADD/ADHD, inclusion, and assessment. This extensive collection of tips, articles, and materials was put together in collaboration with the Council for Exceptional Children.

  • Social & Emotional Issues - Teacher Resources

    Help develop your students' social skills, emotional skills, and quality of character. These printables, lessons, and other resources will supply guidelines and advice for addressing social and emotional issues.

  • Characteristics of Effective Behavior Managers

    Improve behavior management in your classroom. This reference lists characteristics of teachers who are effective behavior managers.

  • Social Skills and Autism

    The approaches in these articles will help children with autism spectrum disorders build social skills. Use these strategies to prepare kids with autism spectrum disorders for classroom interactions and to promote social development.

Additional Resources
Need something for a rainy day? Or just need to build up your current resources to replace outdated ones? This is the section for you. It contains many different assets for different content areas and much more!
  • Dictionaries and Glossaries of Educational Terms

    Use these glossary references to find definitions for a variety of educational terms, literary and poetry terms, global warming vocabulary, math terms, and more.

  • New Teacher Resources

    Discover everything a beginning teacher will need for a successful school year, from tips for your first day, to classroom-management advice, to printables and lesson plans that will support your curriculum all year long.

  • Interest in Professional Development

    Are you considering taking professional development courses to enhance your teaching skills? Tell us in this poll!

  • Finding a Teaching Job

    Find tips on interviewing, studying for the Praxis, building a professional portfolio, organizing your applications, and acing those interview questions to help you land the teaching job you want.

  • Becoming a Teacher

    Excellent information on licensing and certification requirements, financial aid resources, and more.

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