This article originally appeared on the Getting Smart website.

“Preparing Teachers For Deeper Learning” outlines how the role of teachers is changing amid broader shifts to personalized, blended, and deeper learning. In order for the current state of teacher preparation and development to evolve accordingly, the authors, Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart, Dr. Carri Schneider, Director of Policy and Research of Getting Smart, and Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise recommend professional learning opportunities that echo the type of personalized learning that is recommended for students. Authors also recommend professional learning opportunities that offer:

  • Balance between teacher-defined goals, goals as defined by administration through teacher evaluation efforts, and school and district educational goals;
  • Some element of teacher control over time, place, path and/or pace;
  • Job-embedded and meaningful integration into classroom practice; and
  • Competency-based progression.

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About Karen Cator

Karen Cator is President & CEO of Digital Promise. You can follow her on Twitter at @kcator.

About Carri Schneider

Carri is Director of Knowledge Design.

About Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is an advocate for innovations in learning. He is CEO of Getting Smart where he advises schools and impact organizations on the path forward.

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