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school-based PD

Feature stories | January 4, 2018 >>

Coordinator Teresa Devore has worked tirelessly to make the Teacher Center at John Dewey HS a place where teachers can come for advice, resources and support. She focuses in particular on newer teachers, who make up about a third of Dewey’s teaching staff. 


Teacher to teacher | October 5, 2017 >>

Here are some ideas for strengthening the professional learning community at your school.

Feature stories | January 5, 2017 >>

“How do we get all our students to reach the same goal when the ‘one size fits all’ model doesn’t work?” asks Georgia Nikoloudakis, the chapter leader at PS/IS 95. That’s the question that drives how the school spends its dedicated professional development time.

Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>

Of the approach that Lincoln HS in Coney Island takes to professional learning, UFT Teacher Center coach Wayne Gagnon says, “We believe the teachers are the gold that we’re mining.”


Feature stories | July 10, 2015 >>

With the new time allotted in the UFT-DOE contract for professional development, the staff development committee at P 4, a District 75 school in Queens, seized the opportunity to allow educators to showcase their skills for each other.

Feature stories | April 2, 2015 >>

When time for PD was extended to the rest of the staff as a result of the contract, the staff at PS/IS 121 seized the opportunity to extend their professional learning community dedicated to studying anchor texts.

News stories | March 5, 2015 >>

A mindfulness committee is just one of the ways in which educators at the ASL & English Secondary School have been able to use the dedicated PD time in the new UFT-DOE contract to customize their individual professional learning experiences.

Feature stories | December 4, 2014 >>

Kingsborough Early College Secondary School’s staff development committee decided to try a different approach to professional learning this year: the creation of small inquiry groups to explore and then try out strategies on topics that the staff had identified in a needs-assessment survey.

Feature stories | December 4, 2014 >>

Four Brooklyn large high schools decided to do something different this year for Election Day professional development: they pooled their resources so that teachers and paraprofessionals got training in their specific subject areas while meeting colleagues from neighboring schools. 


Feature stories | November 6, 2014 >>

P 352, a District 75 school in Brooklyn, has carved out time in its schedule for teachers and paraprofessionals to receive professional development that truly addresses their needs.

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