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Professional Development in Education

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jul 9, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Professional development is critical for teachers. They learn and develop strategies to bring into their classrooms that enhance their ability to teach, increase their understanding of new technology and how to effectively implement it in their curriculum, and grow the skills they already have by enhancing them through education. At least, that’s how it should be.

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5 Ways to Make Meetings Work

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 19, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Meetings, meetings, meetings: ‘Tis the season in the land of academia for get-togethers, end-of-term finalizations, and endless confabs about all that stuff you must resolve before faculty are buried in prep for finals.

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What in the EdTech?

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Nov 9, 2016 7:00:00 AM

This past week, I traveled to several of our partner schools in the Dallas Fort Worth area. I received tours of maker spaces where students 3D-printed working electric guitar frames, heard about Invention Conventions where students come up with inventions that could change the world, and a student-run ad agency that did social media management and design work for outside companies.

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Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Hire Ambitious Staff

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 21, 2016 5:00:00 AM

 Ambition. Drive. Motivation. Self confidence. They're all things we say we value, and even strive to cultivate in our students. But how do you feel about them during a job interview, or when you meet a new hire? Do those same traits in a candidate make you think they might be too "full of themselves," or likely won't stick around?

Indeed, these traits can be a subconscious double-edged sword for many people. They shouldn't be, however. A recent post from the Chronicle of Higher Education's academic blog Vitae explains why we should value ambition in academia.

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4 Soft Skills Education Professionals Need

Posted by Kate Seat on Aug 31, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Continuing professional development is important for any field, but it's especially crucial for educators. With new technology being introduced, course materials trends evolving and new methods of classroom management emerging, it can be a lot to keep up with — that's why a solid training program is a must. However, to be truly well-rounded, educators should also work on developing these soft skills.

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Why Educators Need to Learn More About the Brain

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jun 29, 2016 4:00:00 AM

The human brain is at the center of every experience we have. And yet, because of its complexity, it remains a mystery in many ways. People dedicate their whole lives to studying how and why the brain does what it does, and even they don't end up learning all there is to know. That, however, is no excuse for educators not to learn more about the brain. Here's why:

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Trending Topics in Education: New England College of Business [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jun 6, 2016 4:30:00 AM

For this podcast we talk employability and affordability with Roger Pao from the New England College of Business. As Assistant Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Roger helps the school design curriculum that keeps the information and the programs relevant for their students. With the average age of the New England College of Business's undergraduate student at 34, Roger talks about the importance of articulation agreements in being able to accept credits to keep students from paying twice for the same information.

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Brebeuf Jesuit’s Professional Development Helps Teachers Grow

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Apr 28, 2016 4:00:00 AM

When she first started at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School – located in Indianapolis – nine years ago, Assistant Principal Jen LaMaster described the school’s professional development programs as “hit or miss.” Back then, she was hired to ramp up the school’s professional development programs related to Educational Technology, and although she’s since moved into an administrative role, she jokes that Brebeuf Jesuit has come so far that they’ve made her old job obsolete.

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MBS Direct’s Train the Trainer Program: Helping Schools Understand Their Content Options

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Mar 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM

MBS Direct is launching our Train the Trainer program to help schools understand their digital content options. These small-group sessions give select members of your team the information to help your teachers make informed decisions about the type of content they want in their classroom, whether they want an eBook, an online classroom, a group of OERs or something completely different.

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Trending Topics in Education: eMINTS Professional Development [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Mar 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

In this conversation with Christie Terry from eMINTS, we'll discuss the professional development training that they do with teachers all over the country. Christie talks about why flexibility and customization is important in all professional development, including face-to-face and online.

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