IRIS Connect Professional Development Blog - North America

Exploring what makes great PD

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creating a culture for school improvement

What kind of professional development do teachers really want?

Posted by Rosie Neill on 3/23/17 11:47 AM


Discover PD that teachers really want

We recently asked 1000 teachers what professional development activities they would prioritize if they were in control of their PD, and received some interesting insights.

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How to achieve transformational leadership with video coaching

Posted by Shawn Edmondson on 3/6/17 3:00 PM

Of all the school factors related to student achievement, the one that has the greatest impact is teaching quality.

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Action plan for a good professional development budget ROI [Podcast]

Posted by Rosie Neill on 2/23/17 3:26 PM

America spends over $18 billion dollars a year on teacher professional development.

In this podcast, Shawn Edmondson, CEO of IRIS Connect and Mike Fleetham, Expert Education Coach and Consultant, discuss how you can ensure you are investing this money wisely to see a real impact on teaching and learning.

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5 steps for teachers to develop a growth mindset

Posted by Rosie Neill on 2/23/17 3:23 PM

Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, found that students who believe they can develop their basic abilities and improve themselves have greater motivation and higher achievement than those who see their abilities as fixed and unchangeable.

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): 5 implications for professional development

Posted by Shawn Edmondson on 2/23/17 3:23 PM

In December, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law, replacing the unpopular No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

ESSA takes full effect in the 2017-2018 school year and is one of the most important pieces of education legislation in recent history. However, with more than 1,000 pages outlining new programs, rules, and, funding allocations, it’s a lot of information for busy educators to digest. In fact, a recent survey by the NWEA and Gallup found that only 55% of superintendents and 41% of principals are familiar with ESSA.

To make sense of it all, we’ve identified five of the most significant implications for teacher professional development.

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Using video for teacher PD: 10 Ideas

Posted by Rosie Neill on 2/23/17 3:21 PM

Research shows that using video for teacher PD is a tool that has significant benefits. By putting the teacher in control of their own PD, video takes simple lesson observation further.

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The fear factor to the peer factor

Posted by Rosie Neill on 2/23/17 3:19 PM
"The power of collective capacity is that it enables ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things." - Michael Fullan, Learning is the Work

Sharing helps you to build and maintain successful learning communities, where you can swap skills and knowledge with your colleagues and be inspired by the teaching and learning taking place across your community.

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Coaching and mentoring: What’s the difference?

Posted by Rosie Neill on 2/23/17 3:15 PM

It's understandable that you might think coaching and mentoring are the same thing, but they're not. However, both have their benefits and can be used for different purposes to improve your teaching.

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