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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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Learning Professional, 2020
In March 2020, the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) began tracking U.S. districts' plans for navigating school closures and distance learning. The database, which is available on CRPE's website (www.crpe.org), draws on publicly available plans from the 30 largest districts in the country, members of the Council of the Great City…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Databases, School Districts, Trend Analysis
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Bouffard, Suzanne – Learning Professional, 2020
Professional learning has been a cornerstone of Long Beach Unified School District's approach to comprehensive reform since the early 1990s. The myPD Unplugged podcast series is just one of the ways it is expanding professional learning content and access for educators in the district and beyond. The Learning Professional's editor, Suzanne…
Descriptors: School Districts, Faculty Development, Program Design, Electronic Learning
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Roberts, Sharon – Learning Professional, 2020
Across the U.S., educators face a common challenge: How can we help all students become strong readers and writers? In the author's state of Tennessee, many educators believe they have a reading crisis. Two-thirds of 3rd graders do not read and write on grade level as measured by the statewide assessment (Tennessee Department of Education, 2019a).…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction, Reading Achievement, Writing Achievement
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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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Nava, Marco A.; Dávalos, Ileana M.; Crossin, Maura; Escobedo, Ana; Estrada, Delia; Lowe, Heather Lower; Ramos-Olona, April; Rodriguez, Jose; Sotomayor, Maria – Learning Professional, 2020
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) administrators at all levels, across different programs and departments, engage in coaching with a set of common goals and principles. The coaching is designed to not only help them grow professionally but also build their capacity to coach those they supervise, including teachers and staff. LAUSD's…
Descriptors: Capacity Building, School Districts, Coaching (Performance), Principals
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Curcio, Rachelle; Ascetta, Kate – Learning Professional, 2019
University-school partnerships can be a powerful mechanism for educator professional learning, but they have varying degrees of success. In South Carolina's School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties, superintendent Christina Melton wanted to make sure her district's partnership with the University of South Carolina would strategically…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, School Districts, Goal Orientation, Faculty Development
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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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Savitz-Romer, Mandy – Learning Professional, 2019
Too often, leaders overlook valuable human capital in their schools and miss the opportunity to develop them so that the school and its students can reach their full potential. This is particularly true for a highly qualified but underused group of professionals: school counselors. School counselors are uniquely positioned to support students'…
Descriptors: School Counselors, Strategic Planning, Counselor Training, Professional Development
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Psencik, Kay; Mitrani, Valerie; Coleman, Ramona – Learning Professional, 2019
Effective coaches make time for their own learning. As they systematically engage in professional learning, they develop and deepen their knowledge in areas including the Standards for Professional Learning (Learning Forward, 2011), adult learning principles, and research-based instructional practices. This ongoing learning process doesn't happen…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Professional Development, School Districts, Teacher Leadership
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Bouffard, Suzanne – Learning Professional, 2019
Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools is one of six urban districts participating in an effort to redesign the role of principal supervisors. The Wallace Foundation's Principal Supervisor Initiative provides four years of support for these districts to transform the role, which has traditionally focused on operations and compliance, into one that…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Urban Schools, Principals, Supervisors
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Geurkink-Coats, Amy – Learning Professional, 2019
Personalized learning for students is gaining steam across the country and pushing on traditional instructional practices. But many teachers have never experienced personalized learning themselves, making it challenging to implement it for students (Sawchuck, 2015). As personalization experts Tom Vander Ark and Karen Cator (2015) said, "If we…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Faculty Development, School Districts, Teacher Attitudes
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Spangler, Donna – Learning Professional, 2019
Microcredentials create opportunities for continuing growth of all teachers based on specific needs. They provide ways for teachers to lead their own learning while allowing administrators to identify and address teachers' needs as well as the expertise teachers have to share with their colleagues. Microcredentials are different from traditional…
Descriptors: Credentials, Faculty Development, Competency Based Education, Communities of Practice
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Holdheide, Lynn; Lachlan-Haché, Lisa – Learning Professional, 2019
In fall 2016, more than 50% of teachers in Kokomo, Indiana, were leaving the profession within their first three years. Within the district, low-performing schools in particular struggled to retain teachers. The costs of teacher attrition are high for districts. According to a report from the Learning Policy Institute, each teacher who leaves the…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Expertise, Mentors, Teacher Persistence
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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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