Esteemed Global Teachers Share Their Strategies for Designing Meaningful Professional Development in a Tech Driven World

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Research shows less than one third of teachers are satisfied with PD, but in a new CMRubinWorld survey, top educators reveal solutions.

In a 21st century world where we are learning, unlearning and relearning new technologies all the time, how can teachers keep up? It is estimated that $2.6 billion dollars is spent annually on PD, yet a study by Learning Forward discovered that less than one third of teachers (only 29%) are actually satisfied with their current ongoing teacher training. Given this dissatisfaction, how would teachers do things differently?

The Top Global Teacher Bloggers have founded schools, crafted curricula, written books and articles, led think-tanks and managed classrooms in seventeen different countries that stretch across every populated continent on earth. They are inventors and trend-setters in fields such as technology integration and innovation, mathematics instruction, literacy coaching, special needs education, science instruction, and gender equity.

Four ways to improve teacher professional learning include encouraging social media use for anytime, anywhere learning, establishing a “coaching pedagogy” and making learning “fun and personalized,” says Craig Kemp in Singapore. It is “critical that teachers become vested partners in the process,” adds Joe Fatheree. “How can each teacher be given flexibility in how they learn while insuring that there is consistency in what they learn?” asks Adam Steiner, who believes it’s all about “good LMS like itslearning” that is providing “a menu of options in terms of learning activities while also offering a structure that insures that every participant gains the skills and concepts that are needed.”

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The Top Global Teacher Bloggers is a monthly series and an important platform through which CMRubinWorld has propagated the voices of the most indispensable people in our learning institutions—teachers. CMRubinWorld’s Top Global Teachers are: Rashmi Kathuria, Jim Tuscano, Craig Kemp, Jasper Rijpma, Elisa Guerra, Pauline Hawkins, Maarit Rossi, Vicki Davis, Miriam Mason-Sesay, Shaelynn Fransworth, Carl Hooker, Adam Steiner, Warren Sparrow, Nadia Lopez, Richard Wells, Joe Fatheree, Kazuya Takahashi, and Abeer Qunaibi

CMRubinWorld’s award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by most nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century education, offering a diverse range of innovative ideas which are presented by the series founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s leading thinkers in education.

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