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Selected researcher and teacher panelists respond to and discuss key issues in K-12 STEM education.
 

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William O'Brien kicks off this month's theme, "Leading without Leaving the Classroom," with a blog post that describes his own journey as a classroom mathematics teacher and his thoughts on the upcoming expert panel and facilitated discussion. He invites all members to take an active part in sharing their experiences by commenting on this blog post.
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Dr. Brian Drayton blogs about four teacher leader stories and discusses their pathways to leadership.
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It is telling that we still need to make the argument that teacher professional development (PD) (for teachers already in the workforce) is not effective if it’s short and episodic. Indeed, it is possible now to state “best practices” for teacher learning programs (see here for NSTA’s statement, for example) which show a lot of sophistication — bearing the student in mind, making sure that the PD is aligned constructively with other school improvement efforts, and so on.