For a long time and in various channels we’ve been mentioning the numerous changes our world is going through. We are witnessing a revolution that has arrived to question almost all established models.
A revolution that is creating a fairer system of living, in which equality of opportunities has the crown and where practical skills and expertise are, sometimes, more important than general knowledge.
We deeply understand the transcendental role teachers occupy in this revolution, therefore, we want to offer all teachers the possibility to grow, to learn more and to develop the necessary skills to lead and educate in a time like the one we live in.
All of this means there is a large need for professional development for teachers to innovate and to stay relevant.
Professional development has become extremely important. Nowadays, learning new skills and being able to implement changes in the classroom are becoming requirements. Formative assessment? Robotics for education? 21st century skills for our students? You choose which kind of professional development you need or want.
Today, we want to give you a list of 5 resources for professional development for teachers. Today, we want to push you a little bit to encourage you to learn more, to discover new tools and to have the courage to be the change you want to see in the educational system.
Take a look at these 5 resources for professional development for teachers
1. TUFTS University: Engineering Education and PD for Teachers
This private University located in Medford, Massachusetts, offers various Professional Development programs for teachers and graduates giving valuable tools to implement in the classroom.
The CEEO, for example, doesn’t stop innovating when it comes to Engineering Education. Their collaborations with LEGO Education and the incorporation of these tools into their programs has allow them to create an extremely valuable curricula.
If you are looking for inspiring people within the fields of professional development for teachers, we invite you to meet Merredith Portsmore, from this organization, who was one of the panelist in a CoderZ’s panel webinar for STEM teachers.
2. Parallax Inc.: Professional Development and Robotics for Education
We mentioned Ken Gracey’s Parallax a few weeks ago when we mentioned the online programs for professional development for teachers. Today, we want to give Parallax the stage once again.
In the worlds of robotics for education, Parallax Inc. hasn’t stopped offering professional development programs for teachers, both online and offline. There’s no denying, robotics are the ultimate way to give students interdisciplinary abilities. They incorporate both algorithmic thinking and problem-solving skills, just to mention a few.
Just like us, the Parallax team understood how important is to nurture students with the necessary skills to succeed and lead in the 21st century. We invite you to visit their website and to watch Ken Gracey’s (Parallax’ President and CEO) webinar in our STEM Webinars portal.
3. CoderZ & Intelitek: STEM, Cyber robotics and Professional Development for Teachers
We are sort of like Intelitek’s newborn child, and we’re sure that our parent company has been saying more than once the typical and accurate “She is growing so fast!”.
For the past 30 years, Intelitek has been offering Professional Development for teachers and educators, worldwide. And we cannot be the exception.
Since the very beginning of CoderZ, and even before announcing our full compatibility with the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3, we have been hosting Professional Development events for teachers mainly online and in the New England and Houston areas.
Topics that range from Robotics for Education, pass through Formative Assessment and get even to the new concept of Education 4.0, are only some of the topics we’ve been offering for teachers to get new, exciting and useful tips for their classroom.
4. Edutopia: From Star Wars to Education
Edutopia, part of the George Lucas foundation, is in their own words “a trusted voice illuminating and showcasing what works in education. We show people how they can adopt best practices and we tell stories of innovation and continuous learning in the real world.”
By creating materials and hosting events, Edutopia develops and offers teachers different resources for them to implement project-based learning, social and emotional learning, comprehensive assessment, integrated studies, and technology integration.
We invite you to visit their website and to understand better how Edutopia, and their Professional Development for Teachers as an educators, can help you reach new hills in your classroom and in your school.
May the code be with them!
5. ASCD: More than 70 years helping teachers
Founded in 1943, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner.
The ASCD provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development for teachers, capacity and skills building, and educational leadership courses.
With more than 115,000 members, that include superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 128 countries, the ASCD has become a light to follow in the fields of education and professional development for teachers.
There is one clear thing, teachers need to innovate to successfully educate. It is just necessary to receive training to learn new subjects, abilities and skills.
If we want our students to be ready to work, succeed and live in an unknown future; we should be ready first.
May the code be with you!