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Owens, Ben; Strahan, David – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
This article provides a vignette which demonstrates some of the outcomes that occur when teachers collaborate across school district lines. The project began as an idea from Ben Owens, a 2014 Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow. The basic notion was that good teaching doesn't happen in isolation. As someone who came into teaching after a…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Vignettes, Instructional Improvement, Professional Education
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Guskey, Thomas R. – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
Effective professional learning evaluation requires consideration of five critical stages or levels of information. These five levels, which are presented in this article, represent an adaptation of an evaluation model developed by Kirkpatrick (1959, 1998) for judging the value of supervisory training programs in business and industry.…
Descriptors: Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Outcomes of Education, Supervisory Training, Faculty Development
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Dostal, Hannah; Gabriel, Rachael – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
The authors describe a process for building teachers' capacity to identify, develop, and engage in discipline-specific literacy instruction that supports both content and literacy aims. This process uses three questions to frame inquiry and guide discussions. Addressing these three questions can empower content-area teachers to incorporate…
Descriptors: Literacy, Content Area Reading, Literacy Education, Reading Instruction
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Ippolito, Jacy; Dobbs, Christina L.; Charner-Laird, Megin; Lawrence, Joshua F. – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
For middle and high school teachers facing the challenge of implementing the Common Core State Standards, disciplinary literacy instruction is a critical element--and one for which many are unprepared. Disciplinary literacy focuses attention on the reading, writing, and communication skills unique to each discipline (Moje, 2008; Shanahan &…
Descriptors: Literacy, Partnerships in Education, Middle School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Killion, Joellen – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
Teacher coaching is a powerful form of professional learning that improves teaching practices and student achievement, yet little is known about the specific aspects of coaching programs that are more effective. Researchers used a blocked randomized experiment to study the effects of one-to-one coaching on teacher practice. When pooled across all…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Tutors, Professional Development, Academic Achievement
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Drago-Severson, Eleanor – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
Eleanor Drago-Severson's research, writing, teaching, and coaching has helped show that supporting adult learning and professional development improves outcomes for students. Given the mounting adaptive challenges educators face in education today, teachers and school leaders must continuously learn and grow as they manage these tremendously…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Professional Development, Outcomes of Education, Adults
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Celeste, Eric – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
Policymakers and education professionals have emphasized the importance of literacy in a global economy many times this century. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) updated its own definition of 21st-century literacies, noting that "[a]s society and technology change, so does literacy. Because technology has increased the…
Descriptors: Literacy, Literacy Education, Professional Development, Knowledge Economy
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Lindsey, Delores B.; Lindsey, Randall B. – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
Delores and Randall Lindsey approach the Outcomes standard through the lens of their cultural proficiency work to highlight the equity focus embedded in the standard. This excerpt from their essay in "Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Outcomes" dives into their cultural proficiency tools and framework and their…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Culturally Relevant Education, Equal Education, Student Diversity
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Celeste, Eric – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
The purpose of professional learning is for educators to develop the knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions they need to help students perform at higher levels. It is not a simple matter to connect the dots between high quality professional learning and student outcomes. However, the theory of action that drives the standards, and indeed…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Faculty Development, Academic Achievement
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Miles, Karen Hawley; Sommers, Anna – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
In their full essay for "Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Resources," the authors note that more rigorous instructional requirements combined with tighter budgets challenge school systems to think more deliberately about where and how they invest in teaching effectiveness. They write that forward-thinking school…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Resource Allocation, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Change
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Journal of Staff Development, 2016
A total of 39 states have adopted, adapted, or endorsed the Standards for Professional Learning, including the standards issued in 2011 (labeled in red) and those published earlier (labeled in blue). Making a commitment to the standards is a commitment to continuous learning for all educators in a school.
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Professional Continuing Education, Faculty Development, Academic Standards
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Fullan, Michael – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
Michael Fullan's insights on what it takes to make professional learning stick--in other words, Learning Forward's Implementation standard--have long helped leaders at the school and system level create change in ways that lead to better outcomes for students. In his full thought leader essay in "Reach the Highest Standard in Professional…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Professional Continuing Education, Program Implementation, Educational Change
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Lieberman, Ann; Miller, Lynne – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
As they write about the Learning Communities standard in "Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Learning Communities," authors Ann Lieberman and Lynne Miller consider why communities have gained widespread attention and support and summarize the established research base about them. They also describe three contexts in…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Professional Continuing Education, Educational Practices
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Louis, Karen Seashore – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
In her full essay exploring the Leadership standard in "Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Leadership," author Karen Seashore Louis offers keen insights into the question of how leaders affect the learning of other adults in a school. She writes particularly about how "school leaders can create a school culture in…
Descriptors: Talent Development, Leadership Role, Professional Continuing Education, Change Agents
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Joyce, Bruce; Emily Calhoun – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
Rather than merely dusting and polishing the old comfy stuff, these authors have spent 35 years trying to find out how people can learn to use new curriculums and ways of teaching. They have done some studies that would meet high standards of design, learned from peering at correlations, and stumbled on important things while teaching kids and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Implementation
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