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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rader, Toni; Pennell, Shawn – Learning Professional, 2019
Given that over 5 million K-12 students in the U.S. public school system are classified as English learners (NCES, 2017), many policymakers and school leaders recognize that public schools need ethnically and linguistically diverse educators. But about 80% of teaching staff are white (Williams, Garcia, Connally, Cook, & Dancy, 2016), and only…
Descriptors: Diversity (Faculty), Bilingual Teachers, Teacher Aides, Teaching Skills
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