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Killion, Joellen; Spiller, Jeanne; Kaylor, Brenda – Learning Professional, 2022
The instructional coaches in Kildeer Countryside School District 96 (KCSD 96), outside Chicago, are like tugboats, a key part of a maritime navigation system. Just as tugboats nudge and guide barges and ships that need steering assistance to navigate tricky waters, the coaches in KCSD 96 nudge and guide educators to navigate toward school and…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), School Districts, Navigation, Educational Objectives
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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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Fleming, Paul; George, Melinda – Learning Professional, 2021
Learning Forward's Professional Learning State and District Planner is a guide to help state, district, and school leaders implement professional learning to support high-quality curriculum and instructional materials. Grounded in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) definition of high-quality professional learning as intensive, data-driven,…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
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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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Swanson, Lorilei; Beaty, Julia; Patel, Laurann Gallitto – Learning Professional, 2021
The need for social and emotional learning (SEL) has increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unprecedented school closings have led to social isolation, illness, and economic hardship -- exacerbating anxiety -- and reopening plans continue to cause uncertainty and stress. These factors heighten the urgency to equip educators and school…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Social Emotional Learning, Elementary School Students
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Ahn, Jennifer; Shafer, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2021
As schools grapple with the daunting challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, some leaders are galvanizing their staff to maintain focus on instruction, while others are overwhelmed by the operational logistics of constant change. What makes the difference? And what types of support can help struggling leaders to thrive despite the challenges? Through…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Practices, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Bouffard, Suzanne – Learning Professional, 2021
For 20 years, Prime Time Palm Beach County, a nonprofit organization in Florida, has supported local out-of-school time programs with professional learning, capacity building, and other resources. One of the organization's most popular and longest-running professional learning offerings is called Bringing Yourself to Work, which helps…
Descriptors: Social Emotional Learning, Nonprofit Organizations, Alignment (Education), After School Programs
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Bowman, Michelle – Learning Professional, 2021
In March 2020, emergency school closings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic initiated a sudden widespread use of virtual learning and brought new challenges that affected teaching and learning across multiple contexts. The complex change caused school district leaders to make plans to reinvent and reimagine schools and created a need for teacher…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Electronic Learning, Communities of Practice, Instructional Leadership
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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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Bonner-Reed, Jevelyn – Learning Professional, 2021
North Carolina's Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools believe that employing a diverse staff is key to reaching all five of the district's overarching goals: student achievement, equity and access, community engagement, human resources development, and climate and safety. Recruiting, retaining, and supporting educators of color is an important…
Descriptors: Diversity (Institutional), Labor Force Development, Educational Environment, Minority Group Teachers
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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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Gonzales, Richard; Woulfin, Sarah; Cobb, Casey; McGarry, Jennifer – Learning Professional, 2020
Principals are critical to the effectiveness of schools, especially those serving children with the fewest advantages in life. So how can it be ensured that principals have the skills to carry out this challenging and evolving job? Enter the powerful combination of university principal preparation programs and the school districts their graduates…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Administrator Education, School Districts
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Augustine-Shaw, Donna; Lane, Jessica – Learning Professional, 2020
Teacher retention is a continuing concern. One of the reasons teachers leave the profession is that they don't feel valued or working to their potential. Developing teacher leadership is a positive way to improve job satisfaction, career development, and retention (Wixom, 2016). In addition, teacher leadership and influence in decision-making are…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Leadership Training, Teacher Education, Capacity Building
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Nordengren, Chase; Guskey, Thomas R. – Learning Professional, 2020
The importance of high-quality evaluation is underscored in Learning Forward's Standards for Professional Learning: Evaluation provides information that supports advocates, professional learning planners, and anyone who wants to know "about the contribution of professional learning to student achievement" (Learning Forward, 2011). Most…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Faculty Development, Academic Achievement, Decision Making
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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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