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Bouffard, Suzanne; Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2021
Jal Mehta is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His work focuses on educational practices and policies that promote deep and meaningful learning. He has also conducted extensive research on the education workforce. He is the author of "In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School"…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
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Tredway, Lynda; Simon, Ken; Militello, Matthew – Learning Professional, 2021
Project I4 is a federally funded SEED (Supporting Effective Educator Development) grant, a partnership between East Carolina University and the Institute for Educational Leadership. It is a cohort-based, yearlong professional learning experience aimed at reimagining instructional leadership through an equity lens. Specifically, school leader…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Instructional Leadership, Equal Education, Educational Practices
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Pride, Kiffany – Learning Professional, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the longstanding pattern of lower scholastic performance among marginalized groups of students negatively impacted by poverty, disability, and race. The perception among educators and citizens continues to be that practices around equal rights equate to provisions related to equity. In Arkansas, the unknown…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Equal Education, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Leshnick, Sengsouvanh; Allen, Jackie Statum; Berman, Daniela – Learning Professional, 2019
While a good amount is known in education research about approaches to individualized learning (e.g. differentiated instruction, personalized learning plans), little is known about the scope and scale of efforts to individualize learning in the Bush Foundation's region of focus. To support its learning and future investments, the Bush Foundation…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learning Strategies, Educational Practices
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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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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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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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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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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2018
The meta-analysis addressed three research questions: (1) What is the causal effect of teacher coaching programs on classroom instruction and student achievement?; (2) Are specific coaching program design elements associated with larger effects?; and (3) Do changes in teacher practice from coaching programs translate into improvements in student…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Educational Practices, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education
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Drago-Severson, Eleanor; Blum-Destefano, Jessica – Learning Professional, 2018
In this article, the authors highlight key elements of their new model for developing educators' capacities, as well as key takeaways about the potential of supporting adult development. Focusing on the five elements -- Theory, Culture, Pillar Practices, Feedback, and Sustainability -- of their developmental model for building capacity can foster…
Descriptors: Models, Capacity Building, Faculty Development, Sustainability
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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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Learning Professional, 2017
Learning Forward recently released findings from a new study that fills a long-standing gap in existing Pan-Canadian research, identifying key components of effective professional learning based on findings from educators' experiences in Canada. Accompanying the study is a call to action by Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves making the case for a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Education, Learning Experience, Professionalism
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Reitz, Diane; Hall, Gene E. – Learning Professional, 2017
Challenges inherent to increasing student literacy are well-documented particularly in under performing schools. Those challenges increase in schools experiencing high staff turnover, high populations of English language learners, and greater poverty. In order to improve student learning in these communities there needs to be a comprehensive…
Descriptors: Literacy, Program Improvement, Coaching (Performance), Elementary Secondary Education
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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
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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
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