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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2022
Professional learning leaders are sometimes faced with skepticism about the expected impact of an investment in professional learning. Long-held myths and outdated notions about sit-and-get professional learning can act as barriers to thorough planning, appropriate funding, and sustained implementation of professional learning efforts.…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Teacher Education, Professional Education, Evidence Based Practice
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Bocala, Candice; Holman, RoLesia – Learning Professional, 2022
Professional learning focused on racial equity in schools should transform educators' beliefs and interrupt inequitable outcomes for students. To ensure that it does, professional learning leaders must not only excel at typical facilitation skills -- such as being aware of group dynamics, supporting inquiry, and creating relationships -- but…
Descriptors: Identification (Psychology), Equal Education, Faculty Development, Racial Identification
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Wright, Brian L. – Learning Professional, 2021
It is a tragic irony that George Floyd Jr., once a brilliant Black boy with dreams to serve on the highest court in the U.S., would grow up to be murdered by a white law enforcement officer who pressed his knee needlessly against Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. What did young George Floyd learn about the justice system? What do young…
Descriptors: African American Students, Males, Police, Police School Relationship
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Bouffard, Suzanne – Learning Professional, 2019
Monica Higgins is the Kathleen McCartney Professor of Education Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), where her research and teaching focus on leadership development and organizational change. Drawing on a background that combines organizational behavior, business, and education, she works with senior education leaders…
Descriptors: Leaders, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Training, Organizational Change
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Avins, Jeremy; Huttner, Nathan; Miller, Sherrill C. – Learning Professional, 2019
In 2016, the Wake County Public School System in North Carolina, the nation's 15th-largest school district, confronted two dilemmas common in U.S. education. First, a quality review had revealed weaknesses in its literacy curriculum. Although curriculum can have profound effects on student learning, not all curricula are rigorous and engaging…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Literacy Education, Public Schools, Language Arts
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Killion, Joellen – Learning Professional, 2019
Coaches make hundreds, if not thousands, of decisions that affect the daily work of teaching and learning. These decisions are not arbitrary; they are guided by the mental models coaches hold. Mental models are comprised of assumptions, beliefs, and generalizations, and they shape how people see the world and act in it. Coaches' mental models are…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Schemata (Cognition), Metacognition, Decision Making
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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2019
In March 2019, Learning Forward's Stephanie Hirsh interviewed Robert Pianta, who developed the evidence-based MyTeachingPartner 1:1 Video Coaching program (MTP). MTP is one of the few coaching models that meets the evidence requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), based on studies of its effectiveness and efficacy. Rigorous research…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Coaching (Performance), Program Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education
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Banuelos, Noelle V.; Doerfel, Mariel K.; Stoffel, Rachael E. – Learning Professional, 2019
For nearly 15 years, Child360 (formerly Los Angeles Universal Preschool) has offered coaching services to early childhood education providers who serve children up to age 5 in public centers and family based childcare homes. These coaching services give educators the support they need to ensure their programs are places where children are happy…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Models
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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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Berg, Jill Harrison; Gleason, Sonia Caus – Learning Professional, 2018
The word "equity" is found throughout U.S. schools today -- in district mission statements, school vision documents, and classroom posters. It is used to signify a value that feels fundamental to our democracy and public education system: Students' educational outcomes should not be determined by their demographics, including race, ZIP…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Public Education, Outcomes of Education, Educational Practices
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Baker, David; Carter, Catherine; Hagan, Patricia; Hayles, Temple; Rhodes, Rychie; Smith, Karen – Learning Professional, 2017
The cognitive load that a teacher experiences is mind-numbing. To improve, a teacher must begin by reflecting on his or her work, but with the mountain of decisions, where does a teacher find time or have the capacity to notice the way in which students are interacting with lessons? In 2014, the St. Vrain Valley School District Office of…
Descriptors: Reflection, Video Technology, Coaching (Performance), Data