First sign on to and follow a number of high quality education blogs, leaders, and organizations such as the following:
- Center for Teacher Quality
- ECET2 Teaching/Learning Community
- This is Seth's Blog
There are so many more great organizations, that I can't bring them all to mind right now, but I'll continue to add to this list.
Read great books too, books that will support your professional efforts. Some of the books that have inspired and helped me the most include the following:
- Visible Learning for Teachers, Maximizing Impact on Learning by John Hattie
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- Drive by Daniel Pink
- Building School 2.0 by Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase
- This is Not a Test by Jose Vilson
- Thrive by Meenoo Rami
- Intentional Interruption by Katz and Dack
- Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler
Also sign up for free or low cost professional learning opportunities regularly. Look for professional learning opportunities that will ignite your passion and develop your knowledge, concept, and skill in ways that matter. If you're a professional with aspirations for greater growth and leadership, I think it's in your best interest to find high quality programs that are well organized, programs that will help to step you in the right direction of your pursuits.
This is a list of some free or low cost opportunities to develop your professional learning and craft. Again, I'll continue to add to lists like this soon.
- George Washington Institute, DC (free) apply by Feb. 22, 2016
- Library of Congress week-long summer programs for K-12 educators by Feb 29, 2016
Find ways to chart and organize your professional work in ways that are easy to share and refer to as you develop your practice.
There are so many ways to learn today, and what's important is that you create a pattern of learning that supports your practice well. If you stay ahead of this learning/teaching curve, you'll find that you have more time for your family and friends and a greater ability to do your work well.