Professional Development for Teachers


Professional Development for Teachers

This group aims to explore ways in which teachers in the ITEN region can improve their qualifications, teacher quality, and maintain their teaching excellence. We have a webinar next week with education specialist, Mary Burns, where she will show how teacher professional development efforts across the globe (from superstar nations like Singapore, Japan and Shanghai) to “stars” like Boston Public Schools to nations like Georgia and Ecuador that are pushing to improve teacher quality and teacher professional development—and to those who break the mold. The presentation will look at unique examples and pull together some lessons learned from these nations.


But, we would like to get the discussion going beforehand here on the Virtual Community. This group also aims to identify and analyze existing policies on professional development for teachers in the Americas.


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Location: Online
Members: 23
Latest Activity: May 30, 2021

Discussion Forum

Teacher professional development improvement

Started by ITEN. Last reply by Lourdes Rodriguez Aguilera Jan 18, 2018. 2 Replies

Hello, is there anyone in the group who has any ideas or thoughts on ways to improve teacher professional development in the region?Continue

Learn Moodle

Started by Robert Geofroy. Last reply by Gale Mohammed-Oxley Jan 12, 2018. 2 Replies

Dear All,In order to promote Professional Development in the region, my suggestion would be for us all to be familiar with some well-known Virtual Learning Platform such as Moodle and then we would…Continue

What are your thoughts on improving Professional development for teachers

Started by S.R Thomas. Last reply by S.R Thomas Nov 24, 2017. 2 Replies

Teachers can do mandatory bi-annual training/ professional development. This can be in the area of classroom management or in areas of studies. By doing this teachers will be abreast of changes and…Continue

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Comment by ITEN on January 29, 2018 at 1:48pm

Hello teachers!

We're inviting all professionals who work at different levels of teaching. ITEN is offering a toolkit on strategies to solve problems.

Participants in this Toolkit will be able to identify the types and characteristics of problems from an educational perspective, as well as recognize and apply strategies to solve problems in different contexts. There are no prerequisites regarding the academic level of the participants. From the teacher in preparation to the most experienced educator, they all can benefit from this toolkit.

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Language: English

Comment by ITEN on December 20, 2017 at 4:53pm

Hi Teachers!

ITEN is offering a MOOC on sustainable energy in the classroom to assist science teachers in the Americas on teaching sustainable energy practices. 

See more info below:

Comment by ITEN on December 7, 2017 at 4:16pm

Hi Teachers!!

Check out this video on Teacher Professional Development Across the Globe: Stars, Superstars, and Strivers.

This course is taught by Mary Burns, Education Specialist. In the video she covers how improving teachers’ qualifications teacher quality and sustaining and maintaining teaching excellence is quite probably one of the most important priorities of many nations across the globe. This is particularly true in Latin America where there have been concerted systemic efforts to improve teacher quality.



Comment by ITEN on November 27, 2017 at 6:28pm

Thanks for your comment, Irvin- as well as the other comments!

Comment by Kimberly Byng on November 24, 2017 at 3:41pm
Like this idea Irvin. Teacher collaboration is very benificial.
Comment by Marva Ribeiro on November 24, 2017 at 11:13am
I will share to get more persons to join this group where critical areas of PD can be discussed
Comment by Marva Ribeiro on November 24, 2017 at 11:10am
St Lucia is in the Americas. St Lucia is one of the members of the Organisation of American States (OAS)
Comment by Irvin Smith on November 24, 2017 at 8:41am

Hello everyone,

I am not from the Americas but in full support of professional development and dialogue. I hail from the tropical island of St. Lucia and hope to benefit and contribute to this group.

I was thinking of a flexible format for professional development. One where teachers share their experiences after each phase to be implemented and offer feedback and support to each other based on the student response and classroom culture which obtains.

Many times a wonderful idea is given but cannot be implemented wholesale and has to be adapted based on the context of the classroom which varies from state to state.

Hopefully, using this format teachers will develop professionally in more than one area and based on their needs. This will also lessen the chances of frustration and natural death of some programs and ideas.

Of course I foresee the need for a virtual space to manage this and possible per-arranged broadcasts to have dialogue in real time.

A penny for your thoughts :) .  



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