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Reyes, Ruben; Bookmyer, Joanne; O'Hara, Susan; Pita, Debi; Pritchard, Bob – Learning Professional, 2020
What drives many educators is the need to advocate for students for whom the system does not work. Educators need to find ways to close the equity gap for English learners and kids living in poverty, and that means they need to find ways to improve their access to a high-quality education. As a key strategy for building teachers capacity to…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Instructional Effectiveness
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Arnett, Thomas; Waite, Chelsea – Learning Professional, 2020
This spring, as schools grappled with sudden closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the phrase "building the plane as we fly it" was no exaggeration. Practically overnight, schools had to figure out an entirely different modality of instruction. And though the 2019-20 school year is finished, it is looking like new challenges are likely…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Electronic Learning, Educational Change
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Rosenberg, David; Green, Genevieve Quist – Learning Professional, 2020
Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist and her team, along with school-based leaders, have worked with the district's school leaders to implement a comprehensive strategy to improve instructional quality for all students in Tulsa. Grounded in a clear vision for instruction and starting with the introduction of new curricula aligned to…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Quality, Curriculum, College Readiness
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Toth, Michael D. – Learning Professional, 2019
A pedagogical model called student-led academic teaming takes a different approach to personalizing instruction and meeting the multifaceted needs of each student without increasing teacher fatigue and burnout. With student-led academic teaming, students take increased ownership and accountability for their own and their peers' learning, relieving…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teamwork, Teacher Burnout, Student Participation
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Preston, Bruce – Learning Professional, 2019
Howell Township Public Schools in Monmouth County, New Jersey, has reimagined the roles of teachers, school leaders, and all educational professionals around the concept of a team of learning engineers who, through their students, make the world a better place. While education has long required teachers to work in groups, professional learning…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Change, Teamwork, Faculty Development
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George, Melinda; Morgan, Nick; Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2019
Many education stakeholders might grapple with some of these challenges in designing a new way to drive positive change in public education policy: (1) Implementing strategies that appear to hold promise but have never been scaled; (2) Maintaining the integrity of research-based interventions while addressing the need for contextual adaptation…
Descriptors: Networks, Educational Improvement, Science Instruction, Instructional Materials
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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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Cucchiara, Maryann – Learning Professional, 2019
English learners are capable of doing the same demanding work and developing the same complex skills as their peers who are native speakers. Indeed, recent education policies have specified that all students should meet common college and career-ready standards. Yet many schools use an outdated and ineffective approach to educating English…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Educational Practices, Academic Language, Second Language Instruction
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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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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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Manassah, Tala; Roderick, Tom; Gregory, Anne – Learning Professional, 2018
Racial inequity is a pernicious problem in American schools. Discrepancies in school discipline show that black students are two to three times more likely than their peers to be suspended and expelled, even for similar infractions. This directly affects the racial achievement gap, school dropout, and involvement in the juvenile justice system.…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Discipline, Suspension, Expulsion
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Spangler, Donna – Learning Professional, 2017
This article discusses factors to consider as we evaluate the professional learning occurring in our schools. The article describes how a committee of six teachers and one administrator at Hershey Middle School in Pennsylvania's Derry Township School District adapted an activity for use in a two-hour professional learning session called "The…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Educational Change, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Experience
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Stevenson, Isobel – Learning Professional, 2017
The Connecticut Center for School Change has been working for several years to provide timely, effective, research-based coaching to principals, particularly those who are new to their role in relatively low-performing schools and districts. The Center has been studying their efforts with the help of an expert external evaluator, and the Center…
Descriptors: Principals, Coaching (Performance), Workshops, Educational Change
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Saphier, Jon – Learning Professional, 2017
According to new federal data, poor black and Hispanic children are becoming more and more isolated from their white affluent peers in public schools. The data show that the number of high-poverty schools serving students of color has doubled in recent years. And since the 1990s, progress narrowing the achievement gap has plateaued nationwide and…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Equal Education, Educational Change, Expertise