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Hanson, Holli; Hoyos, Christine – Journal of Staff Development, 2015
An athletic coach's focus is to develop individual skills as well as the collective capacity of the team to perform at the highest level. A coaching culture applies the same concept to schools. While coaching in schools is not new, what is fundamentally different in a culture of coaching is that all members of the school community see themselves…
Descriptors: Capacity Building, Coaching (Performance), School Culture, Adult Learning
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Hazi, Helen M.; Arredondo Rucinski, Daisy – Journal of Staff Development, 2014
Stewart Thorson, principal of New Century Technology High School in Huntsville, Alabama, develops plans for his school's professional learning in an environment restricted by state regulations. In Alabama's Title I and low socioeconomic status schools and through initiatives such as Blue Ribbon Schools and the State Department of Education's Plan…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Public Policy, State Regulation, Educational Trends
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Thurber Rasmussen, Harriette – Journal of Staff Development, 2014
This article describes how a Washington State School District increased professional learning around the Common Core State Standards. The challenge was how to establish a way for career and technical education and electives teachers to learn and apply Common Core in their classes. Weaving Common Core literacy standards into vocational and…
Descriptors: State Standards, School Districts, Career Education, Technical Education
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Harmon, Jeanne; Herren, Kip; Luke, Rod; Emry, Terese – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
A clear vision is the essential foundation for making decisions about precious resources for implementing professional learning: (1) people; (2) time; and (3) money. The Auburn School District in Washington state learned firsthand how a clear vision drives resource allocation to support strategic actions and how effective partnerships can be the…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Professional Development, Academic Achievement, Teachers
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Rasmussen, Harriette Thurber; Karschney, Kathryn – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
Welcome to the West Valley School District in eastern Washington. Home to almost 4,000 students, West Valley made a public commitment more than seven years ago that all students would graduate with the option to attend college. This daunting goal--made even more so by the fact that almost half of the district's high school students come from…
Descriptors: School Districts, Leadership, Superintendents, Nontraditional Education
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Bergman, Barbara – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
Teachers in the Federal Way (Wash.) Public Schools had no shortage of student data. Standardized test scores, unit tests, and report card grades were as familiar to educators as reading, writing, and arithmetic. With the onset of statewide testing in the 1990s, data analysis was expanded to cover a multitude of state learning goals in grades 4, 7,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Data Analysis, Data Interpretation, Evaluation Utilization
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Frost, Janet Hart; Coomes, Jacqueline; Lindeblad, Kristine – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
Formed in 2007, the Riverpoint Partnership for Math and Science is a group of Spokane K-12 and college administrators who came together to use their combined resources and knowledge to focus on improving student learning. With a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the group launched the Riverpoint Advanced Mathematics Partnership project…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Teacher Collaboration, Mathematics Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Farris, Shari – Journal of Staff Development, 2011
The author had worked with teachers in the school on intervention efforts such as tutoring and detention for disruptive behavior. Having read about shadowing students as a way to gain insight into their school experiences, she decided to immerse herself in a student's routines, interactions, and relationships throughout a school day. By shadowing…
Descriptors: Immigrants, English Language Learners, Academic Achievement, Principals
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Journal of Staff Development, 2010
Seattle Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson spoke at National Staff Development Council's (NSDC) 2010 Summer Conference in Seattle in July. Goodloe-Johnson shared her insights on the role of professional learning in reaching all students in a diverse urban district. Selected excerpts from her speech are presented.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Faculty Development, Superintendents, Achievement Gap
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Ginsberg, Margery; Craig, Anthony – Journal of Staff Development, 2010
One way to approach the improvement of instruction is for educators to learn from student interactions in cultural events that fully engage students' motivation and curiosity. In such a context, educators get to know students in new ways and to connect student strengths to classroom instruction. This can be especially powerful when the learning…
Descriptors: American Indians, Motivation, Cultural Activities, Cultural Capital
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Slavit, David; Nelson, Tamara Holmlund; Kennedy, Anne – Journal of Staff Development, 2010
The Partnership for Reform in Secondary Science and Mathematics (PRiSSM) is a three-year project that targeted mathematics and science teachers in middle and high schools from six districts in southwest Washington. Consistent with NSDC (2009) recommendations for professional development, PRiSSM involved collaborative teacher teams in reflecting on…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Educational Change, Research Skills, Science Teachers
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Eaker, Robert; Keating, Janel – Journal of Staff Development, 2009
In recent years, educators have noted the critical role district leadership plays in school improvement efforts. While district leadership is a critical factor in all areas of schooling, it is particularly important in adult learning. Simply put, student learning is positively affected by the quality of adult professional learning, and the quality…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Adult Learning, Leadership, Faculty Development
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Stiles, Shirley J.; Byerrum, Sev – Journal of Staff Development, 2005
The business services department staff found they could make a difference in a districtwide literacy initiative when they joined in school leaders' professional development.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Superintendents, Principals, Academic Achievement
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Lundsgaard, Dave – Journal of Staff Development, 1983
A regional approach to improving small rural schools through staff development was taken in Washington State. Consultants from the Child Service Demonstration Center at Washington State University trained teachers to use Madeline Hunter's instructional methodology, called Instructional Theory into Practice. (PP)
Descriptors: Consultation Programs, Diagnostic Teaching, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education