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Hirsh, Stephanie; Psencik, Kay; Brown, Frederick – Learning Professional, 2018
In a learning system, central office personnel assume collective responsibility for schools and go about their work very differently. They are responsible not only for departments and programs, but also for student learning. They demonstrate that responsibility by engaging in data informed conversations about student achievement. Central office…
Descriptors: Central Office Administrators, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Educational Administration
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Sussman, Mel – Learning Professional, 2018
It is not clear exactly when school leaders first started wearing an "S" on their chests and began defiantly uttering the phrase, "I can do it all myself!" But after days, weeks, months, or even years of racing wildly from task to task, many a superhero principal has come to the stark realization that nothing could be further…
Descriptors: Principals, Leadership, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Styles
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Chirichello, Michael; Neihof, James; Orr, Anthony; Cochran, J. Robin; Berry, Buddy; Livingood, Ron; Stafford, Robert – Learning Professional, 2018
A legacy of leadership is more than a bench, as demonstrated by six Kentucky school superintendents who share a common commitment to providing a resource for continuous professional learning for district superintendents. The six leaders met at the end of their doctorate of education program at Northern Kentucky University in May 2015 to contribute…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Success, Change Strategies, Strategic Planning
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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2018
Engaging with materials can shape the teaching experience, teachers' practices and mindsets, and, ultimately, students' learning experiences. This issue of "Learning Professional" looks at an area of emerging interest: curriculum materials and the role they play in the daily work of educators and leaders. Educators, researchers, and…
Descriptors: Design Requirements, Instructional Material Evaluation, Media Selection, Teaching Guides
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Williams, Sharon; Cloninger, Karen – Learning Professional, 2018
Even though the West Linn-Wilsonville School District in Tualatin, Oregon was posting good results at all levels, when a new superintendent arrived, one of his first initiatives was to re-align progress from goals to a coherent system of professional development that would lead everyone to feel confident and competent in their work to reach all…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Faculty Development, Academic Achievement, School Districts
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Garmston, Robert; Zoller, Kendall – Learning Professional, 2018
To disagree well, one first must listen. Listening conveys respect of the person speaking, especially when your listening includes restating ideas to confirm understanding and let the speaker know you are making this effort. Most of us know this, but still can get caught in angry, argumentative, or defensive engagements. You may know someone who…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Perspective Taking, Speech Skills, Teaching Methods
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Cieminski, Amie; Andrews, Deagan – Learning Professional, 2018
The Greeley-Evans School District in Colorado began moving toward innovation several years ago as district leaders searched for ways to improve student achievement, leverage technology, and stay within a very limited budget. In 2014, district leaders created a five-year blended learning implementation plan to increase student achievement that…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Professional Education, Educational Principles, Instructional Innovation
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Sharratt, Lyn; Planche, Beate – Learning Professional, 2018
Skilled collaborative leaders are in high demand in schools, school systems, and districts worldwide. The success of schools as learning organizations hinges on how well people can work together as they seek to build collective capacity and problem solve to improve student outcomes. Collaborative learning has now emerged as the vital strategy for…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Inquiry, Capacity Building, Problem Solving
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Novak, Sandi; Houck, Bonnie – Learning Professional, 2018
Curriculum is the "heart" of any educational Organization. Realizing its importance, many school districts engage in a curriculum renewal cycle. Doing this well can be a crucial factor in students' academic success During a typical cycle, the district identifies an area of study, at which point district and school personnel dive deep…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Evidence Based Practice, Faculty Development, Alignment (Education)
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Bikle, Kelly – Learning Professional, 2018
As professional learning director in California's Palo Alto Unified School District, Kelly Bikle attended a California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Institute (CAASPP) workshop with a district team composed of our assessment coordinator, a special education inclusion specialist, and several teachers. The goal was to learn about…
Descriptors: Workshops, Faculty Development, Blended Learning, Educational Technology
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McQuillan, Niamh – Learning Professional, 2018
Niamh McQuillan, development and instructional coach at Windsor Mill Middle School in Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland, writes here that, as a teacher, she always liked new learning, but more often than not, it was like a barnacle on her practice. She attended professional development sessions and took the handout back to the to-do tray…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Middle School Teachers, Teamwork, Inquiry
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Rigelman, Nicole; Crane, Sarah; Petrick, Kellie; Shrier, Donna – Learning Professional, 2018
Teachers at Jackson Elementary School in Hillsboro, Oregon, embrace a growth mindset and continuously try best practices that better reach all students. They collaborate and bounce ideas off one another, and they observe one another and provide feedback. They will even ask another teacher to model lessons with their students so they learn how to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Best Practices
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Osmond-Johnson, Pamela; Zeichner, Ken; Campbell, Carol – Learning Professional, 2018
This is an excerpt from "The State of Educators' Professional Learning in Alberta: Executive Summary" (Learning Forward, 2018), part of a series produced by Learning Forward. Coinciding with the 2016 Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Learning Forward commissioned and supported a study of professional learning across the…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Professional Education, Foreign Countries, Teacher Collaboration
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Twal, Nader – Learning Professional, 2018
The educational landscape around standards, assessment, professional development, and funding is changing at a rapid pace. This article asks how can education institutions--and educators--respond with a balance of urgency and coherence? How can education institutions temper the need for risk-taking and innovation with the responsibility to deliver…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, School Districts, Communities of Practice
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Micheaux, Donna J.; Parvin, Jennifer L. – Learning Professional, 2018
Principal evaluation systems without explicit and aligned professional learning simply re-create a system of compliance and fail to improve leadership capacity. Given the complexity of the role of today's principals, they must learn a new set of skills and knowledge to create innovative learning environments. To use principal evaluation as a tool…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Evaluation, Leadership Qualities, Supervisors
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