Professional Development and Education News

Blogs for Teachers

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Alan Levine
CogDogBlog / Facebook / Twitter
Angela Maiers
Angela Maiers blog / Facebook / Twitter
Bud Hunt
Bud the Teacher blog
Catlin Tucker
Catlin Tucker, Blended Learning & Technology in the Classroom blog / Facebook Fan Page / Twitter
David Warlick
2 Cents Worth blog / Facebook / Twitter (U.S. Department of Education)
Homeroom blog
Edublogger: Check Out Class Blogs!
A spreadsheet with a list of Edublogger hosted class blogs, organized by grade and topic.
Doug Johnson
Blue Skunk Blog / Facebook Fan Page / Twitter
John Spencer
The Creative Classroom blog / Facebook / Twitter
Miguel Guhlin
Around the Corner blog/ Twitter
Scott McLeod
Dangerously Irrelevant blog / Twitter
Shelly Sanchez Terrell
Teacher Reboot Camp blog
Vicki Davis
Cool Cat Teacher blog / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter
Wesley Fryer
Moving at the Speed of Creativity blog /
Facebook / Twitter / YouTube

Professional Development

21st Century Partnership: Framework for Learning
P21’s Frameworks for 21st Century Learning were developed with input from teachers, education experts, and business leaders to define and illustrate the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in work and life, as well as the support systems necessary for 21st century learning outcomes.
Adobe Education Exchange
The Adobe Education Exchange is the free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators, to ignite creativity in the classroom. Offers online courses, on-demand online workshops, lesson plans, teaching resources, and more, primarily on Adobe, math, and technology-related topics.
Annenberg Learner
Teacher professional development and teacher resources across the curriculum from Annenberg Media.
ASCD Professional eBooks
Professional ebooks for teachers. (See librarian for password.)
Discovery Education
Educational technology, classroom management, curriculum resources, and other tools are available under the Teachers tab.
Doing What Works
Doing What Works is a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of Doing What Works is to translate research-based education practices into examples and practical tools that support and improve classroom instruction.
ED Pubs
Identify and order U.S. Department of Education products. All publications are provided at no cost to the general public by the U.S. Department of Education.
Education Week Teacher PD Sourcebook
Teacher PD Sourcebook Directory is the most complete interactive, online professional development resource for K-12 educators. It includes articles and resource links from the publishers of Education Week and Teacher magazines, with a free bi-annual ebook focusing on technology integration and 21st Century Learning skills.
Education World
A complete online resource where educators could start each day to find the lesson plans and research materials they were looking for.
Improving the K-12 learning process by using digital media to document, disseminate, and advocate for innovative, replicable strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives. Includes articles, videos, blogs, forums, weekly newsletter, and more.
Award-winning K-12 education blog. Front page includes tons of helpful links to other blogs, resources, and organizations.
EdWeb hosts a number of social networks for educators, covering topics such as English, Science, Guidance, 21st Century Skills, Character Education, and more. Note: some communities are more active than others – check the recent discussion dates and numbers to see if a community might be overwhelmingly busy (or, contrarily, moribund).
EngageNY is an evolving, collaborative platform for educators. As the Regents Reform Agenda moves forward across the state, we want you to be able to access and share resources that work for you. Includes resources on Common Core standards, The Data-Driven Instruction cycle (DDI) and School-Based Inquiry (SBI), Teacher/Leader effectiveness (performance management systems) and more.
ERIC is an online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. The ERIC database contains many thousands of journal articles relating to educational topics, all free and searchable on the web.
This site has materials for professional development as well as education news articles and information on education and edtech conferences.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online
H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Our edited lists and web sites publish peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion for colleagues and the interested public.
K12 Online Conference
Annual online videocast event with professional development talks and demonstrations for educators.
Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything
A categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.
MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a leading edge, user-centered, searchable collection of peer reviewed and selected higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.
National Resource Centers
Sited at universities around the country, NRCs work …to provide resources to help teachers internationalize American education. To do this, they provide curriculum materials, teacher education, travel opportunities for teachers, scholarly speakers, and more.
New York State Library: Education Internet Sites
Long set of links for educators from the NY State Library.
PBS TeacherLine
Our collection of more than 130 top-quality, graduate-level courses for educators spans the entire curriculum: Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Instructional Technology, Instructional Strategies, and Science. (Price per course varies from $100-$600.)
Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation
A free online journal for educators, designed to provide access to refereed articles that can have a positive impact on assessment, research, evaluation, and teaching practice.
TED Talks : Education
How do we reinvent education? These TED Talks explore the latest thinking — from teachers, parents, kids — on how to build a better school.
UEN: Utah Education Network
Free web tools and services, such as lesson plans, videos, curriculum resources, student interactives and professional development…

Professional Organizations

Broome County Organizations

Broome-Tioga BOCES
Provides access to the various districts plus BOCES itself. Other nearby BOCES include: Greater Southern Tier, Delaware-Chemung-Madison-Otsego (DCMO), and Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga (TST).
Teacher Center of Broome County
Programs and materials for teachers, workshops, grants, links to other websites, more.
WSKG – Classroom Guides
A page of educational materials and links from our local PBS station.

New York State Offices and Organizations

We designed this site specifically for New York’s teachers, principals, administrators and Network Teams. Have questions about Common Core standards, data-driven instruction or teacher and leader effectiveness? This is your one-stop shop. The section on the Common Core includes an explanatory video library and curricular exemplars in both Math and ELA.
The New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education is an organization of dedicated technology using educators, committed to transforming teaching and learning, in order to provide our children with an education that prepares them to live satisfying and productive lives. Annual conferences, grants, more.
Check this site for New York State Education Department offices, publications, information, and news.
This is the section of the NY State Education Department dealing with Primary through Grade 12 education.
NYSUT (NY State Union of Teachers)
News, resources, publications, and information relating to educators in New York State.
Teaching Initiatives and Certification
Information on teacher certification requirements and the state exam.

Other Offices and Organizations

American Federation of Teachers
The American Federation of Teachers was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers.
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is a community of educators, advocating sound policies and sharing best practices to achieve the success of each learner.
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
A nonprofit membership organization, ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching, learning, and school leadership by advancing the effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education. Publisher of the ISTE Standards and other edtech resources for teachers.
NBPTS: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
An independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization….formed in 1987 to advance the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching….
Site of the National Catholic Education Association.
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is a consortium of 18 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. Sample questions are viewable online.
Phi Delta Kappa International
The premier professional association for educators.


New York State Next Generation Standards

NYSED – Curriculum and Instruction
Offers resources for standards and curriculum, regulations and guidance resources, special programs, and initiatives, and further information, including current New York education news.
NYSED: Next Generation Learning Standards
This page contains information about the new NYS Learning Standards. It includes links to the standards, crosswalks between the 2011 Common Core Learning Standards and the new standards, an implemention timeline, and further information. Full implementation of the new standards is expected to take place from September 2020 on.
Next Generation Learning Standards: At-a-Glance Flyer
A flyer giving a general overview of the new standards and the timeline for their implementation.

Subjects With Changed Standards

The Arts




Social Studies

Other Resources

10 things you need to know about the Next Generation Learning Standards
This fact sheet from the NY State Union of Teachers outlines the important points about the Next Generation Standards in NY. (May 2017)
Common Core State Standards Initiative
The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.
Here you will find current, relevant, evidence-based tools and professional development to smooth your transition into a new era of teaching and learning. From the ASCD.
Designed to support the implementation of key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda, this site is mostly focused on support and information for the old Common Core State Standards, though it now has a page for the new Next Generation Learning Standards as well.
It’s Complicated: Common Core State Standards Focus on Text Complexity
A focus on text complexity means students will be expected to read, comprehend, and cite increasingly difficult texts. What heralded this shift, and what does it mean for your school? (An article from ASCD Education Update, April 2012.)
PARCC: Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of 22 states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers.
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