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Andersson, Justin; Sitzman, Daniel; Arneson, Amy; Gandhi, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2021
As the world races to combat a pandemic, slow climate change, and solve many other public health challenges, it is clear that developing young people's scientific knowledge should be an urgent priority in schools. The goal of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is to foster scholars and citizens who can think critically and creatively to…
Descriptors: Science Education, National Standards, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education
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Learning Professional, 2021
Iheoma Iruka is founding director of the Equity Research Action Coalition at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and research professor of public policy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her work focuses on supporting the optimal development of children from low-wealth and marginalized communities and ensuring excellence…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Child Development, Low Income Students
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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2021
The school principal has long been recognized as a critical driver for school improvement and student success, but new research supported by The Wallace Foundation has found that principals have an even greater impact than previously stated. A synthesis of two decades of studies builds on previous research about how principals impact student…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Effectiveness, Public Schools, Administrator Characteristics
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Ahern, Caitlin; Cole, Johnny – Learning Professional, 2021
In the Lexington Public Schools, outside of Boston, Massachusetts, they pride themselves on being innovative. Two years ago, they demonstrated that spirit by creating a director of equity role. Positions like this hadn't previously existed in many districts like theirs -- small, suburban, well-resourced, high-performing, historically white, and…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Public Schools, Professional Development, Administrators
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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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Volk, Aimee – Learning Professional, 2021
Over the last several years, the West Fargo Public Schools district (North Dakota) came to realize its English language arts resources needed an overhaul. The books students were reading in class and the discussions classes were having were not reflective of the student body. What is the purpose for requiring all students to read a specific text?…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Districts, English, Language Arts
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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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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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Battaglia, Joe – Learning Professional, 2019
For more than 20 years, the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (known as the Met) has been personalizing learning to meet students' interests and needs. The Met, which today is a network of six small, public high schools in Providence and Newport, Rhode Island, is the founding school of Big Picture Learning, a network of more than…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Individualized Instruction, High Schools, Public Schools
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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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Bishop, Beth; Breitenbucher, Amy; Sims, Andrea Lang; Montez, Stephanie; Swinehart-Arbogast, Christel – Learning Professional, 2019
The role of principal can be a very lonely one but when they engage in collaboration and collective inquiry, they can move their teachers and students forward. This article describes how five principals from five different elementary schools in Mesa Arizona came together to tackle some common challenges and strengthen their schools individually…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Principals, Public 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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Westfall, Jeanette – Learning Professional, 2019
In 2015, Liberty, (Missouri) Public Schools was updating resources for several content areas. Content consultant Diana Laufenberg, executive director of Inquiry Schools, had been working with secondary teachers to study options for the best and most current instructional practices in social studies. As teachers considered using online resources…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Faculty Development, Instructional Materials, Educational Technology
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Correll, Juliet – Learning Professional, 2017
The Arlington Independent School District in Texas has developed a New Teacher Induction Program to foster individual agency for each teacher and empower educator-centered growth, intentionally modeling the same kind of learning designs that teachers apply with students in their classrooms. After exploring elements of the ideal classroom through…
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Teacher Empowerment, Faculty Development, Public Schools