Effective PD in a time of budget cutting

Browse through the latest issue of Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook (Spring 2009), published by Education Week and Teacher Magazine, and…


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Cheap professional development costly to students

In a great blog post, Scott Elias at EdWeek's Leader Talk, asks why we can't be more logical and pragmatic when it comes to professional development…


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The importance of a clear vision. . .

By now, you've probably figured out that I do a ton of reading and writing about professional learning communities. It's an idea that I've embraced…


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More on PLC vision statements. . .

In response to my recent post about the vision statements I am drafting for my learning team, Glenn wrote: Bill, I think you threw everything AND the…


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Measuring what matters: NBCTs on National Board Certification

More than 150 research studies have examined the impact of National Board Certification for teachers. Now, for the first time, a team of NBCTs have…


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PLC insights from the TLN forum

TLN Forum member Bill Ferriter, keeper of The Tempered Radical blog here on the TLN website, makes a significant contribution to the informal…


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The vision-less learning community. . .

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to join the faculty of a brand new school that was opening as a professional learning community.  Our…


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The digitally speaking learning community

Sometimes, my colleagues groan when I propose new uses for technology.  "That's just Bill being Bill," they say, "Where there's a will, there's just…


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Drinking the Kool-Aid: Part deux

It's been a busy few days here on the Radical:  My page views have nearly tripled since posting recently on why professional learning communities are…


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NCLB's highly qualified rule has little impact

A new report from the Center for Education Policy, based on a survey of officials in all 50 states and a nationally representative group of nearly…


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