Professional Development

The following links provide information on prefessional development for educators.

National Associations 

  • National organizations are a hot spot for teachers to find the information they need when they need it. Anyone can become a member and receive news, ideas, or even chat with other teachers on-line or via e-mail.

Proficiency Tests 

  • Proficiency testing is increasingly becoming a major component of public education in many states. This site provides practice tests for your students as well as access to previous scores for the school district of your choice.

Professional Development for Teachers in Culturally Diverse Schools 

  • The ability to adapt with the quickly changing environment in culturally diverse schools is crucial for student and teacher success. This paper, written by members of the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University, gives some suggestions for continued professional growth in culturally diverse schools.

The Praxis Series 

  • The Praxis Series: Assessments for Beginning Teachers' is a set of rigorous and carefully validated assessments that provides accurate, reliable information for use by state education agencies in making licensing decisions.

Online Community for Professional Development 

  • This online workplace is filled with an international community of educators. It gives free membership to anyone and can easily be used to enact continual professional growth in the classroom.

A National Plan for Improving Professional Development 

  • This article was written and published by members of the National Staff Development Council - the largest non-profit association dedicated to ensuring success for all students via continuous professional development. This article demonstrates the shocking reality and need for professional development.  It also provides the basis for starting professional development within the school community.