professional development

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The International Gap Unearthed

Finland has long been on the international radar as having the most well prepared teachers and with that high international student achievement. The question of “What are they doing in Finland?” has been on the radar for educators in the United States for over the past decade. But a recent article by the Atlantic “When … Continue reading

Grant Writing

Teacher grant opportunities can open doors to innovative teaching strategies and differentiated learning experiences for your students.  From STEM-based initiatives to programs that develop students social-emotional awareness, grants provide the mean$ and momentum for teachers to develop new ways of fostering the whole child. Grant season is upon us and school leaders and grant writing … Continue reading

The 21st Century Resume

I recently presented to a group of preservice teachers who are about to embark on a journey that will move them into teachers of record.  Excitement filled the room on the day I entered, hopeful eyes in anticipation, that I would share the knowledge to secure the job they have dreamed of.  But in a … Continue reading

Recent Publication

I would like to inform you about my recent publication by IGI Global:   Increasing Productivity and Efficiency in Online Teaching Author(s)/Editor(s): Patricia Dickenson (National University, USA), James J. Jaurez (National University, USA) ISBN13: 9781522503477; ISBN10: 1522503471; EISBN13: 9781522503484; http://www.igi-global.com/book/increasing-productivity-efficiency-online-teaching/145650   Due to my contribution to this publication, I am entitled to generous discounts through … Continue reading

Think Critically this Summer

Summer Summer Summer time…. don’t just sit back and rewind.  This summer take the opportunity to try new strategies, increase your content knowledge and think critically. As teachers across the nation move to adopt 21st century skills into their teaching practice, not only must they think about how the 4C’s: Critical thinking, Creativity, Communication and … Continue reading

Conflict Resolution

Two wrongs don’t make a right. An eye for an eye. I remember hearing that so much as a child but it never made any sense to me.  As a child when someone hurt me I wanted to hurt them back. That seems right… not wrong.  As a classroom teacher and mom of three elementary … Continue reading

PD Worth Your Time?

Teacher Professional development is a critical means of shaping teachers practices especially in a time when reform initiatives require significant changes to the way teachers teach and students are assessed. There are numerous models in which teacher professional development is conducted however the end goal is the same, to improve teachers’ practice for the benefit of student learning. According … Continue reading

Tackling TPA 3: Assessment

Just like students have standards they must meet by the end of the school year, a preservice teacher must demonstrate competency in meeting teaching standards as well. Continue reading

Life Lessons

In the field of education, the notion of “life-long learning” is valued as a highly desired quality for teachers.  In most preservice programs,  teacher education centers around the history of education and how it is ever evolving, educational trends and how things are changing, and the connection between learning theories and instructional practices.  Although many … Continue reading

Student Chapter ASCD

ASCD is the Association of Supervision and Curriculum. Founded in 1943, ASCD (doing business as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more … Continue reading

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