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Boerst, Timothy; Shaughnessy, Meghan; Tenney-Muirhead, Meri – Learning Professional, 2020
School-based mentors are essential partners with teacher preparation programs in preparing novice teachers to have the knowledge, skills, and professional commitments they need to be strong teachers from day one. In many ways, the demands of mentoring, such as critical conversations with colleagues and reflecting, mirror the kinds of engagement…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Faculty Development, Classroom Observation Techniques, Feedback (Response)
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Callard, Cynthia H.; Foster, Eugenie S.; Kruger, Jennifer S. – Learning Professional, 2020
From 2016 to 2020, a team of K-12 and higher education mathematics educators worked to address the need for high-quality online learning by creating a multisession, fully online professional learning course. As the team worked to design and facilitate online professional learning, the goal was to maintain the core aspects and guiding principles of…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning, Computer Mediated Communication
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Guilott, Maria C.; Wigby, Karen; Owen, Leslie Ann; Parker, Gaylynn – Learning Professional, 2020
A dilemma for teachers at all levels is planning for transfer of learning, or students' long-term retention. Transfer of learning takes time, a precious commodity for teachers bound by a tight schedule. Unfortunately, transfer often gets lost in the day-to-day realities of schools, including testing requirements. One way for the teacher to make…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Retention (Psychology), Teaching Methods, Goal Orientation
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Bouffard, Suzanne – Learning Professional, 2020
Ellie Drago-Severson and Mary Antón have known each other for more than 20 years and have worked together in different capacities to support educators through the lens of adult development. They spoke with "The Learning Professional" about how coaching can help leaders at all levels navigate the COVID-19 crisis and grow in ways that will…
Descriptors: Leaders, Coaching (Performance), Disease Control, Epidemiology
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Gonzales, Richard; Woulfin, Sarah; Cobb, Casey; McGarry, Jennifer – Learning Professional, 2020
Principals are critical to the effectiveness of schools, especially those serving children with the fewest advantages in life. So how can it be ensured that principals have the skills to carry out this challenging and evolving job? Enter the powerful combination of university principal preparation programs and the school districts their graduates…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Administrator Education, School Districts
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Augustine-Shaw, Donna; Lane, Jessica – Learning Professional, 2020
Teacher retention is a continuing concern. One of the reasons teachers leave the profession is that they don't feel valued or working to their potential. Developing teacher leadership is a positive way to improve job satisfaction, career development, and retention (Wixom, 2016). In addition, teacher leadership and influence in decision-making are…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Leadership Training, Teacher Education, Capacity Building
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Rader, Toni; Pennell, Shawn – Learning Professional, 2019
Given that over 5 million K-12 students in the U.S. public school system are classified as English learners (NCES, 2017), many policymakers and school leaders recognize that public schools need ethnically and linguistically diverse educators. But about 80% of teaching staff are white (Williams, Garcia, Connally, Cook, & Dancy, 2016), and only…
Descriptors: Diversity (Faculty), Bilingual Teachers, Teacher Aides, Teaching Skills
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Curcio, Rachelle; Ascetta, Kate – Learning Professional, 2019
University-school partnerships can be a powerful mechanism for educator professional learning, but they have varying degrees of success. In South Carolina's School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties, superintendent Christina Melton wanted to make sure her district's partnership with the University of South Carolina would strategically…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, School Districts, Goal Orientation, Faculty Development
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Jacobi, Julie A.; Stults, Sarah E.; Shefner, Rachel; Lange, Karin E.; Abraham, Nayantara S.; Deiger, Megan – Learning Professional, 2019
Policymakers and the public are increasingly asking educators to approach instruction from a STEM perspective, integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to prepare students for future careers. At the same time, administrators are directing teachers to make learning more communal and student-driven, emulating the workforce…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, STEM Education, Public School Teachers, Urban Schools
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Segedin, Lauren – Learning Professional, 2018
Many educators and education leaders have found implementing districtwide programming at the secondary level challenging. High schools are more organizationally complex than elementary schools (Grubb, 2010). High school teachers are deeply entrenched in subject specialties and tend to be resistant to change. This article describes how the Greater…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High Schools, School Districts, Boards of Education
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Hammond, Zaretta – Learning Professional, 2018
Zaretta Hammond is a teacher educator, researcher, and consultant committed to supporting leaders, coaches, and teachers in integrating neuroscience with instruction, equity, and literacy. Her work is informed by her classroom experience, her time in organizations such as the National Equity Project, and her own research about how neuroscience and…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Academic Standards, Difficulty Level, Teaching Methods
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Newman, Elizabeth; Baharav, Hadar – Learning Professional, 2018
In 2014, the close-knit education community in California's rural Humboldt county came together to address the potential to improve students' college readiness and completion. A diverse group of education leaders spanning K-12 through college formed the collaborative, with leadership from the Humboldt County Office of Education. The John W.…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, School Districts, College Readiness, Counties
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Markowitz, Nancy; Thowdis, Wendy; Gallagher, Michael – Learning Professional, 2018
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is critical to the success of students of all ages--and for educators across all stages of the career continuum. Because SEL skills take time to develop and mature, they should be part of the content addressed in teacher preparation programs, beginning teacher support, and ongoing teacher professional learning.…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Teacher Education Programs, Faculty Development
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Gilman, Sharon L.; Fout, Martha C. – Learning Professional, 2017
The "Next Generation Science Standards" place an emphasis on the practices of science and engineering, where ensuring that students understand and experience how science works is as important as, or maybe more important than, memorizing facts. The idea is that, while some facts may change, the practices will always be applicable, and it…
Descriptors: Scientists, Science Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Graduate Students
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Bradley, Janice; Rorrer, Andrea; McKinney, Ashley; Groth, Cori – Learning Professional, 2017
What happens when a university-based education policy center uses the Standards for Professional Learning to design purposeful professional learning experiences for teachers, community members, principals, central office administrators, superintendents, and university faculty to re-engage in the meaning and creation of equitable and excellent…
Descriptors: State Standards, Educational Policy, Educational Improvement, Educational Practices