Juice up your teaching career

As teachers advance in their careers and increase their effectiveness, how do they continue to grow professionally and find personal satisfaction? You’ll find fuel for thought about ‘Energizing Your Career’ in the second appearance of Teacher Magazine’s new print periodical, the Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook.

Among the Sourcebook’s many offerings are articles about school-based coaching roles, new-teacher support, online professional development,and revitalizing your classroom practice. There’s a good interview with teacher-author Coleen Armstrong (“Embracing Your Practice”) who offers some practical ideas for teachers suffering from mid-career doldrums.

One of our favorite stories, naturally enough, is Career Intelligence which features three members of the Teacher Leaders Network sharing insights and advice about teaching as a second career. Julie Dermody, Deanna Harris and Mary Tedrow cover the career spectrum from the primary grades to senior high. All three are National Board Certified Teachers who’ve served in a variety of leadership roles.

We also spotted some excellent tips aimed at helping teachers and school teams avoid Professional Learning Community burnout. They’re distilled from a longer Teacher Magazine essay written by TLN member and PLC coach Anne Jolly.

Plenty of interesting news, features and references in this new issue of Sourcebook. And we know the editors would greatly appreciate it if you’d also drop by the Resource Directory, where you can search the wares of more than 400 providers of K-12  professional development products and services — and help keep Teacher Magazine a free service on the Web.