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Wells, Karye; Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2022
Two years after the onset of the pandemic, COVID-19 continues to take a toll on educators' morale and well-being. The need to strengthen relationships between educators and students is growing. The MyTeachingPartner-Secondary (MTP-S) program, which is a strengths-based coaching program for middle and high school teachers, helps educators respond…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), COVID-19, Pandemics, Middle School Teachers
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Psencik, Kay – Learning Professional, 2022
It can be hard for leaders to find inspiration and joy when times are as stressful as they have been in the last two years. Coaching can help principals step back and rediscover their motivation or find new sources of inspiration. Coaching is a powerful approach to assist principals in being leaders of high-performing schools where students and…
Descriptors: Principals, Job Satisfaction, Coaching (Performance), Psychological Patterns
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Morgan, Nick; Foster, Elizabeth; George, Melinda – Learning Professional, 2021
Among the things that will be remembered about the year 2020 are phrases like "You're still on mute" and "Can I share my screen?" They are emblematic of how educators have been challenged to navigate uncharted waters of remote learning and overnight technological adaptation. To quote another phrase that will be remembered as a…
Descriptors: Pandemics, COVID-19, Faculty Development, Educational Planning
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Fugnitto, Gina; Stuart, Kelly – Learning Professional, 2021
Teacher professional learning is often disjointed and not aligned with the curricula teachers use in daily instruction. This lack of preparation has led to fragmented approaches to teaching young students to read, in part because initiatives lose momentum, teachers modify the instruction beyond recognition, and programs are soon eclipsed by newer…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Faculty Development, Teacher Empowerment, Teacher Competencies
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Bowman, Michelle – Learning Professional, 2021
In March 2020, emergency school closings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic initiated a sudden widespread use of virtual learning and brought new challenges that affected teaching and learning across multiple contexts. The complex change caused school district leaders to make plans to reinvent and reimagine schools and created a need for teacher…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Electronic Learning, Communities of Practice, Instructional Leadership
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McKee, Rohini; Bowman, Michelle – Learning Professional, 2020
COVID-19 has presented many new challenges for educators, not only in teaching and connecting with students but in their own learning from one another. The necessity of physical distancing has required all who engage in networks to be nimble and adapt strategies to an online environment. Although frustrating, this need can be turned into…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Networks, Middle Schools
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Flowers, Jody A. – Learning Professional, 2019
Professional athletes spend hours honing their skills through video analysis; attorneys video themselves practicing opening arguments or coaching clients; plumbers, mechanics, and electricians video their craft to demonstrate their work. It could be argued that teachers' interactions have more long-term impact than any other professional skill,…
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, Video Technology, Classroom Observation Techniques, Coaching (Performance)
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Psencik, Kay; Brown, Frederick – Learning Professional, 2018
This article describes a learning partnership between district or county leaders and school leaders to create a system of principal professional learning that came to life in principal learning communities across a district or multiple-district region. For more than a decade, Learning Forward has engaged with district-level leaders as learning…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Cooperation, Principals, Administrators
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Ellinger, Alan; Launius, Keri; Scott, Annette – Learning Professional, 2017
Like many districts across the United States, Galveston, Texas, is focused on building a culture of excellence. The district is a study in contrasts. On one hand, it is laced with opulent vacation homes and resort hotels used by out-of-town owners. On the other, the median household income level is $28,895, with 22% of the population living below…
Descriptors: School Districts, Student Centered Learning, Educational Quality, School Restructuring
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Brown, Frederick; Psencik, Kay – Learning Professional, 2017
Principals who pay attention to their own learning serve as models for others. What principals do every day, how they view and value student and educator learning, how they organize their staff into learning communities, and the designs they support for those teams to learn make a significant difference in the learning of those they serve. In this…
Descriptors: Principals, Role Models, Administrator Behavior, Administrator Education
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Patterson, Leslie; Wickstrom, Carol – Learning Professional, 2017
Responsive professional development is about watching learners closely, interpreting observations to make nuanced decisions, and taking action to support learners at particular moments. What might they be ready to do next? What instructional moves will best provide "just enough" support? In other words, what is the next wise action?…
Descriptors: Writing Exercises, Writing Instruction, Individualized Instruction, Literacy