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Pham, Kathleen; Heinemann, Amanda – Journal of Staff Development, 2014
What is--or should be--the purpose of a teacher evaluation system? To compare teachers? To inform the public? To help teachers improve? Legislators might say that a teacher evaluation system's purpose is to remove bad teachers. Administrators might say that it is to assist them in matching teacher skills to specific groups of students. Parents…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Faculty Development, Peer Evaluation, Evaluators
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Mendels, Pamela – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
A diverse school district hugging the eastern border of Washington, D.C., Prince George's County, has introduced rigorous hiring methods and other practices to boost the quality of leadership in its 198 schools. In so doing, the district has also earned a spot among the pioneers in efforts nationally to ensure that public schools are led by the…
Descriptors: School Districts, Principals, Instructional Leadership, Administrator Effectiveness
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Schackow, Joy Bronston; Cugini, Stephanie – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
The transition to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics has created a need for high-quality professional learning on content and pedagogy. This is especially true for algebra 1 teachers in Florida, where students must pass a standards-based exam as a requirement to earning a high school diploma. Time, distance, and cost constraints can get…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Common Core State Standards, Mathematics Teachers
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Syed, Sarosh – Journal of Staff Development, 2014
Denver Public Schools, one of 14 districts that receive funding from The Wallace Foundation to improve principal effectiveness, is also one of a number of districts around the country emphasizing the development of principals' managers in the central office. The principal's job has changed over the last decade, going from a role that revolved…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Districts, Financial Support, Principals
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Taylor, Rosemarye T.; Gordon, William R., II – Journal of Staff Development, 2014
High school students who are not proficient readers struggle in content classes and often do not graduate from high school. However, they have promise to do so with well-designed and implemented reading curriculum and effective instruction. Without it, they may have difficulty competing in the global workplace (Gordon & Oliva, 2012). One…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, High School Students, Reading Difficulties, Intervention
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Shear, Linda; Penuel, William R. – Journal of Staff Development, 2010
The best science teachers are not only experts in teaching and knowledgeable about science content, but they are also great at teaching science. They have specialized teaching knowledge, including knowledge of effective pedagogical practices in science, student difficulties with understanding content, and curricular purposes. As a result,…
Descriptors: Units of Study, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Science Instruction
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Adams, Alyson; Ross, Dorene; Burns, Jamey; Gibbs, Lauren – Journal of Staff Development, 2015
This article describes an instructional coaching program that includes high-quality data displays to engage teachers in conversation about instruction. A descriptive, nonjudgmental data display that captures a teacher's practice around an identified focus provides the foundation for a productive collaborative coaching conversation. The data…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Program Descriptions, Visual Aids, Instruction
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Slabine, Nancy Ames – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
Without adequate time and resources, it is impossible for school districts and schools to support professional learning that leads to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results. That's why one of the seven new standards in Learning Forward's Standards for Professional Learning focuses specifically on…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Professional Development, Educational Change
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Armstrong, Anthony – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
In a private room at the back of a busy restaurant just outside of Tampa, Florida, drinks and appetizers went unnoticed as 12 diners sat around one large table and engaged in multiple rapid-fire conversations about professional learning. On one side of each conversation were representatives of Memphis (Tennessee) City Schools. The district was in…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Change, Mentors, Teacher Role
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Zippin, Bette H. – Journal of Staff Development, 2010
It is not the redesign of the central office that will result in change in how professional development is perceived and implemented in a school district. School districts move departments from one division to another every few years or whenever upper administration changes. This can only result in superficial changes. In Broward County (Florida)…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Districts, Educational Change, Counties
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von Frank, Valerie – Journal of Staff Development, 2011
Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools had a concern. A review in 2008 of teacher evaluations in the district found that more than 99% of the 12,000 teachers were rated satisfactory or outstanding, and nearly half of high school teachers received perfect scores. While Hillsborough is a high-performing district and has several high schools on…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Methods