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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Forward, 2022
Learning Forward undertakes periodic updates to the Standards of Learning because educator needs, expertise in the field, and research related to professional learning are continually evolving. In addition, evidence and data are critical to implementing and documenting the results-based professional learning that policy and accountability systems…
Descriptors: Standards, Accountability, Faculty Development, Educational Policy
Olson, Lynn – Learning Forward, 2019
This report explores District of Columbia Public Schools' innovative approach to supporting teaching instruction, called Learning Together to Advance our Practice, or LEAP. LEAP is based on research that has found the most effective professional learning is school-based and content-specific, grounded in the instructional materials and strategies…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Teaching Methods, Educational Quality, Equal Education
Olson, Lynn – Learning Forward, 2018
This report explores the premise that there's nothing more powerful than great teachers skillfully using great instructional materials to motivate and engage students in their learning. Three real-world examples illustrate how schools and school systems are working to support teachers to skillfully use high-quality, standards-aligned curricula, by…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Cooperative Learning, Faculty Development, Public Schools
Learning Forward, 2017
Effective teacher learning is vital to student success. Teachers who continually improve their practice by using data to inform instructional decisions see improved results for their students. In the tradition of supporting effective professional learning, in 2016 Corwin launched a nationwide survey in partnership with Learning Forward and the…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Education, State of the Art Reviews, National Surveys
Learning Forward, 2015
President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, on December 10, 2015. "Learning Forward's focus in this new law is its improved definition of professional learning," said Stephanie Hirsh, executive director of Learning Forward. "We've long advocated…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Definitions, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
Killion, Joellen; Hirsh, Stephanie – Learning Forward, 2014
The ultimate key to successful integration and implementation of college- and career-ready standards and educator evaluation systems is the quality of the professional learning that educators engage in every day. Effective professional learning at the school level occurs among a team of teachers learning in a cycle of continuous improvement.…
Descriptors: Professional Education, Teacher Evaluation, State Standards, Faculty Development
Learning Forward, 2013
Explore this first look at lessons learned through Learning Forward's ongoing initiative to develop a comprehensive system of professional learning that spans the distance from the statehouse to the classroom. This policy brief underscores the importance of a coordinated state professional learning strategy, the adoption of professional learning…
Descriptors: Professional Education, State Policy, Formative Evaluation, Educational Strategies
Paliokas, Kathleen; Killion, Joellen – Learning Forward, 2013
Major education reforms are shifting teaching and learning in schools across the nation. As a result, educators' need for key supports is more important today than ever. This shift is the result of three significant and simultaneous reform efforts, all of which are scheduled to be operational in the near future: (1) More rigorous Common Core State…
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Principals, Capacity Building, Educational Change
Killion, Joellen – Learning Forward (NJ), 2012
Successful principals shape the culture of schools, set clear expectations, and share leadership with others to create productive learning environments for students and staff. For nearly a decade, The Wallace Foundation has coordinated studies of principal effectiveness and has concluded that principals are second only to teachers as the most…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, State Standards, Leadership, Principals
Killion, Joellen; Hirsh, Stephanie – Learning Forward (NJ), 2012
New standards alone will not prepare all students for college and careers. The success of the Common Core State Standards depends on educators' capacity to make the instructional shifts the standards require. Meeting the promise of content standards cannot be achieved merely by agreeing on and publishing the new standards. Effective teaching of…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, State Standards, Careers, Professional Development
Roy, Patricia; Killion, Joellen – Learning Forward (NJ), 2011
Leadership Networks are regional and content-specific networks focused on the preparation of college- and career-ready students. Each network includes teacher leaders, school administrators, central office staff, regional cooperatives, and institutes of higher education. Network members work collaboratively to focus their efforts on regional needs…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Teacher Effectiveness, State Standards, Innovation