Professional Development Tools
Whether you’re looking for something as simple as the perfect icebreaker, or a plan for a full-day in-service session for 100 teachers at many grade levels, this is where we share our tried and trusted tips for successful professional development sessions.
Gretchen Taylor finds teachers are particularly insecure about their ability to lead word study with children. So she begins a professional development session by helping them see how capable they are.
Cathy Mere explains why using video in professional development that is captured in your own school or district's classrooms can be far more powerful than any video purchased or provided in a kit. She provides tips for inviting teachers to record and share their practices.
Cathy Mere shares two tech tools that are invaluable resources for her coaching.
Literacy coaches Cathy Mere and Kelly Hoenie talk about some of their efforts to personalize professional development for teachers over the past year, and what they learned that they will carry into the fall.
Stephanie Affinito uses a popular app to stay on top of children's literature and deliver timely recommendations to teachers and children.
Matt Renwick repurposes nearly obsolete technologies such as typewriters and Polaroid cameras for surprising new learning in classrooms.
Melanie Quinn shares a simple professional development activity that helps teachers focus on growth through the year, based on their experiences with one child.
Suzy Kaback finds that a novel take on community communication changes her outlook on how to reach teachers through informal networks.
Matt Renwick shares how he elevates routine meetings by embedding discussion of professional reading into them.
Melanie Quinn shares two rituals for staff meetings to build camaraderie and community.
Matt Renwick is asked to intervene by a group of teachers with a support staff member who isn't meeting their expectations for working with students. And then things get complicated.
This professional development activity from Brenda Power is a positive take on the many skills teachers have to tackle any problem.
Stephanie Affinito finds that frustration can morph into appreciation when coaches linger long enough to let teachers know how much their work is valued. She provides many practical suggestions for how to slow down during hectic coaching days.
Jen Schwanke resists giving time over to a teacher for an unplanned activity before a meeting she knows will be challenging. Afterward, she realizes the value in pausing to remind everyone what matters most in our work.
Brenda Power shares a simple activity to use in a teachers' writing workshop or professional development setting to get everyone writing and talking.
Stephanie Affinito shares the many ways in which she uses Padlet to enhance her professional development offerings and showcase the great teaching and learning in her community.
Brenda Power is inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal to try a professional development icebreaker that brings any group together by talking through common experiences and beliefs.
Melanie Quinn shares a quick activity to help teachers visualize their hopes and dreams at the start of the school year.
Matt Renwick considers how literacy leaders can help teachers tailor professional development to their individual needs.
Stephanie Affinito energizes a professional development session with sketchnoting, and teachers soon take the practice back to their classrooms.