Power of the #Hashtag and Professional Development

Edutopia – Michelle Manno

Ineffective and totally useless aren’t exactly the buzzwords you expect to come across when discussing teacher development. However, they’re not uncommon. As a member of the education community — former teacher, current higher education professional — more often than not, I hear friends, colleagues, and peers lamenting about their professional development obligations.

Research shows that professional development helps you become a more effective teacher. There are a number of journals, such as the Journal for Research on Technology in Education and the Journal of Education for Teaching, that cite statistical evidence to prove that, yes, engaging in professional development does increase teachers’ confidence and overall teaching ability. However, the Center for Public Education believes that this research is not translating into practice. Read More