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By Conner Dunleavy


A recent study by the American Institute for Research found that 82 percent of new teachers who were trained in vigorous, long-term student teaching programs - such as the program by Chicago-based nonprofit Urban Teacher Residency United - were still in the teaching profession after 5 years on the job.

These findings seem to demonstrate the correlation between longer-term mentorships for new teachers and their ability to effectively perform alone in the classroom.

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Common Core Needs Connected Educators
posted by: Melissa | October 20, 2014, 03:12 pm


Did you know that October is Connected Educators Month?  As part of the movement, groups around the country are focusing their efforts on helping teachers become more connected with their colleagues.  In celebration of this month, Elizabeth Stein at MiddleWeb has a blog about how having connected educators benefits what goes on in the classroom.  She explains:

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Google+ as a Teacher Tool
posted by: Melissa | October 11, 2013, 01:34 pm

As noted earlier, October is Connected Educator Month – a month focusing on helping educators connect and form PLNs (personal learning networks) through the internet.  Much has been written about using popular sites like Twitter and Pinterest as ways for teachers to connect, but often lost in the mix has been Google+.  I find this a tragedy, because Google+ is quickly becoming my favorite way to connect with other educators from across the country.

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Freshen Up Your PLN for the New School Year
posted by: Melissa | August 09, 2013, 12:13 pm
In the past, we've talked about the importance of setting up a PLN (professional learning network), an online alternative to a school based professional learning community or PLC. PLNs are one of the few forms of professional development that have been shown to have a lasting impact on teacher practice and student learning. As the new year approaches, now is the perfect time to take a look at your PLN and make sure that it's getting the job done.   Continue Reading...
Use Your PLC to Its Full Potential!
posted by: Melissa | March 29, 2013, 01:07 pm
It's my sincere hope that every AAE member is involved in some sort of professional learning community (PLC). Without a doubt, this form of professional development is proven to be one of the most effective with one of the longest reaching impacts for teachers and students.   Continue Reading...


One of the things that stood out among the data released in the recent MetLife survey, was that teachers who collaborate professionally with other teachers are more likely to seek out leadership roles and are more likely to be satisfied with their position.  This information points out yet another reason that having a high-quality professional learning community (PLC) is essential to teaching.

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Creating Your Own Online Professional Learning Community
posted by: Melissa | January 16, 2013, 03:39 pm

For all the research out there pointing to the benefits of having school-wide Professional Learning Communities or PLCs, the fact remains that many schools still operate in such a way that isolates their teachers instead of inviting collaboration.  Teachers in this type of environment are not left without options for forming an effective PLC.

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School-Wide Professional Learning Communities
posted by: Melissa | December 19, 2012, 05:26 pm
As recently stated on the AAE blog, collaboration can be the key to properly implementing the Common Core State Standards. I believe the best way for educators to collaborate is through the development of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). PLCs provide the framework through which teachers can meet and share.   Continue Reading...

While there is still a lot of emphasis placed on teacher’s pursuing traditional professional development, there is more and more evidence that for a teacher looking to perfect their craft, the answer may not lie in traditional workshops or conferences but instead within Professional  Learning Communities (PLCs).

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