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Margolis, Jason; Berg, Jill Harrison – Learning Professional, 2022
A school is much more than a collection of individual classrooms. Fostering a collaborative and learning-oriented culture can improve teachers' and students' success. In model classrooms, teachers who have participated in professional learning open their classroom doors and agree to have others observe as they work to integrate the targeted new…
Descriptors: Models, Coaching (Performance), Faculty Development, Educational Change
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Skiffington, Ashly – Learning Professional, 2022
At the start of the 2020-21 school year, six months after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic changed the lives of everyone, the author and the other instructional coaches in her district were temporarily reassigned to virtual teaching positions. In this article, the author shares what she learned about the kinds of support teachers need and how…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Faculty Development, Web Based Instruction, Distance Education
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Gillespie, Ryan; Kruger, Jennifer S. – Learning Professional, 2022
For teachers and coaches, co-teaching can be exciting, rewarding, and full of powerful learning. It offers teachers supported experiences to apply new knowledge in their own contexts, exemplifying active engagement in job-embedded professional learning. Co-teaching requires the coach and teacher to make continuous, intentional decisions about how…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Coaching (Performance), Team Teaching, Participative Decision Making
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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 Long-held myths and outdated notions about sit-and-get professional learning can act as barriers to thorough planning, appropriate funding, and sustained implementation of professional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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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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Murrow, Kathryn; Leis, Betsy – Learning Professional, 2022
Although instructional coaches are deeply committed to continuous improvement, they rarely have access to professional learning themselves. Rarer still is differentiated professional learning that meets coaches where they are in their careers and their professional growth. Just as Florida's Orange County Public Schools accentuates the importance…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Coaching (Performance), Public Schools, Individualized Instruction
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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2022
A recent independent evaluation by WestEd of Learning Forward's What Matters Now Network looked at the ways in which a structured, facilitated network provided support for state-level coalitions working with districts, schools, and educators to improve instruction and make progress toward achieving content standards. The network was facilitated by…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Instructional Improvement
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Rost, Linda; Olson, Melissa; Iqbal, Shazia; Embry, Robyn; Smith, Walter – Learning Professional, 2022
Teachers are uniquely situated to enact best practices for the direct benefit of student learning. However, teachers often lack opportunities to exercise agency, the capacity to "make an impact or exert power." When teachers develop agency, they are better able to implement place-based, relevant lessons for their students. The authors…
Descriptors: International Cooperation, STEM Education, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development
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Zoller, Kendall; Lahera, Antonia Issa – Learning Professional, 2022
As leadership coaches, Kendall Zoller and Antonia Issa Lahera has worked with diverse groups of students. As they have pursued a path of equity for all students, teachers, families, and communities, they have developed a framework to develop, nurture, and grow collaborative relationships. They call it HeartSpace (Lahera & Zoller, 2021).…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Educational Practices, Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers
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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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Fox, Betsy; Gaona, Irma Jean; Wilkinson, Larrisa – Learning Professional, 2021
States and local communities are increasing access to preschool, but there is a significant divide when it comes to the quality of these early learning programs. Education and training requirements for preschool educators vary based on setting and state regulations, and while districts and nonprofits may offer professional learning, effective…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Competencies, School Districts
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Appleby, Josephine; Dillard, Rene – Learning Professional, 2021
Developing early reading skills is important for long-term academic success. Too often, however, young children do not have the foundations of literacy they need. One-third of Tennessee students read on grade level (Tennessee Department of Education, 2021), and in the state's capital city of Nashville, three out of four 3rd graders are not reading…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, At Risk Students, Early Intervention, Toddlers
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Minor, Valerie; McGahey, Suzanne – Learning Professional, 2021
To help grow the capacity of their teachers to maximize the growth of their students, Keller (Texas) Independent School District used video to provide personalized professional learning to teachers across the career continuum, from new teachers to veteran teachers looking to improve their practice. Their decision to use video-based professional…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Coaching (Performance), Faculty Development, Teacher Leadership
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Nguyen, Virginia; Yung, Stacy – Learning Professional, 2021
As Asian American women and history teachers, the authors advocate for the community by helping educators improve representation of Asian American and Pacific Islander people and fight racism against the community. This need has never felt more urgent in the wake of the murders of eight people in Atlanta, Georgia, six of whom -- Xiaojie Tan,…
Descriptors: Pacific Americans, Asian Americans, Social Justice, Racial Bias
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Ford, Kristie; Welling-Riley, Kendra – Learning Professional, 2021
The pursuit of racial equity in public education has a long history in the United States. Inequities persist across all content areas, but are particularly entrenched in STEM subjects. The Detroit Public Schools Community District's Office of Science, where the authors serve as executive director and training and support coordinator, is striving…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Racial Bias, Public Schools, Science Instruction
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