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Segedin, Lauren – Learning Professional, 2018
Many educators and education leaders have found implementing districtwide programming at the secondary level challenging. High schools are more organizationally complex than elementary schools (Grubb, 2010). High school teachers are deeply entrenched in subject specialties and tend to be resistant to change. This article describes how the Greater…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High Schools, School Districts, Boards of Education
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McNeill, Katherine; Reiser, Brian J. – Learning Professional, 2018
More than 60% of U.S. school children are being educated in states in which Next Generation Science Standards or other framework-derived standards have been adopted. This vision demands a central role for students to engage in science and engineering practices to build and use science ideas, rather than solely learning about the science others…
Descriptors: Open Source Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Learner Engagement, Science Education
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Bigelow, Bill; Christensen, Linda – Learning Professional, 2018
The Oregon Writing Project Curriculum Camp provides spaces where teachers can work together to grow their own curriculum about issues that matter to their communities, from gentrification to high school student activism to Mexican immigration. The Curriculum Camp supports teachers to become activists who develop lessons that help their students…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Social Justice, Writing Skills, Day Camp Programs
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Singleton, Glenn – Learning Professional, 2018
Schools cannot achieve racial equity without explicit processes for leaders and staff to examine their personal, professional, and organizational beliefs about race. The author has noticed while working for the past 25 years with schools in the United States and abroad, that educational systems are deeply challenged to examine their beliefs about…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Racial Attitudes, Equal Education, Race
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Hammond, Zaretta – Learning Professional, 2018
Zaretta Hammond is a teacher educator, researcher, and consultant committed to supporting leaders, coaches, and teachers in integrating neuroscience with instruction, equity, and literacy. Her work is informed by her classroom experience, her time in organizations such as the National Equity Project, and her own research about how neuroscience and…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Academic Standards, Difficulty Level, Teaching Methods
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Noguera, Joaquin; Noguera, Pedro – Learning Professional, 2018
This article describes mutual accountability, an innovative approach to accountability which opens new possibilities for pursuing educational equity for all students. Mutual accountability calls for each stakeholder -- students, teachers, parents, and administrators -- to work collaboratively in pursuit of educational goals. The article presents…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Capacity Building, Accountability, Equal Education
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Chapman, Sue; Mitchell, Mary – Learning Professional, 2018
It is important for mathematics teachers to see themselves as mathematics learners and to see mathematics as comprehensible, purposeful, and fun. A teacher's mindset influences many aspects of teaching and learning, including the learning tasks they offer, the ways in which they orchestrate classroom discourse, their response to mistakes, and…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Love, Nancy; Crowell, Michelle – Learning Professional, 2018
Teacher teams focused on developing collective expertise in high-leverage, equity-promoting practices can chip away at low expectations, racism, and cultural biases that marginalize special education students, English language learners, students of color, and other at-risk students. With appropriate professional learning on formative assessment,…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Teacher Collaboration, Equal Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Newman, Elizabeth; Baharav, Hadar – Learning Professional, 2018
In 2014, the close-knit education community in California's rural Humboldt county came together to address the potential to improve students' college readiness and completion. A diverse group of education leaders spanning K-12 through college formed the collaborative, with leadership from the Humboldt County Office of Education. The John W.…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, School Districts, College Readiness, Counties
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Berg, Jill Harrison; Gleason, Sonia Caus – Learning Professional, 2018
The word "equity" is found throughout U.S. schools today -- in district mission statements, school vision documents, and classroom posters. It is used to signify a value that feels fundamental to our democracy and public education system: Students' educational outcomes should not be determined by their demographics, including race, ZIP…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Public Education, Outcomes of Education, Educational Practices
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Novak, Sandi; Houck, Bonnie – Learning Professional, 2018
Curriculum is the "heart" of any educational Organization. Realizing its importance, many school districts engage in a curriculum renewal cycle. Doing this well can be a crucial factor in students' academic success During a typical cycle, the district identifies an area of study, at which point district and school personnel dive deep…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Evidence Based Practice, Faculty Development, Alignment (Education)
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Bikle, Kelly – Learning Professional, 2018
As professional learning director in California's Palo Alto Unified School District, Kelly Bikle attended a California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Institute (CAASPP) workshop with a district team composed of our assessment coordinator, a special education inclusion specialist, and several teachers. The goal was to learn about…
Descriptors: Workshops, Faculty Development, Blended Learning, Educational Technology
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McQuillan, Niamh – Learning Professional, 2018
Niamh McQuillan, development and instructional coach at Windsor Mill Middle School in Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland, writes here that, as a teacher, she always liked new learning, but more often than not, it was like a barnacle on her practice. She attended professional development sessions and took the handout back to the to-do tray…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Middle School Teachers, Teamwork, Inquiry
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Rigelman, Nicole; Crane, Sarah; Petrick, Kellie; Shrier, Donna – Learning Professional, 2018
Teachers at Jackson Elementary School in Hillsboro, Oregon, embrace a growth mindset and continuously try best practices that better reach all students. They collaborate and bounce ideas off one another, and they observe one another and provide feedback. They will even ask another teacher to model lessons with their students so they learn how to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Best Practices
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Osmond-Johnson, Pamela; Zeichner, Ken; Campbell, Carol – Learning Professional, 2018
This is an excerpt from "The State of Educators' Professional Learning in Alberta: Executive Summary" (Learning Forward, 2018), part of a series produced by Learning Forward. Coinciding with the 2016 Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Learning Forward commissioned and supported a study of professional learning across the…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Professional Education, Foreign Countries, Teacher Collaboration
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