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Killion, Joellen – Learning Professional, 2017
Joellen Killion is senior advisor to Learning Forward. In each issue of "The Learning Professional", Killion explores a recent research study to help practitioners understand the impact of particular professional learning practices on student outcomes. In this Issue Mary Kennedy conducts a review and analysis of the research on…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Core Curriculum
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Hirsh, Stephanie; Crow, Tracy – Learning Professional, 2017
The learning team cycle as described in "Becoming a Learning Team: A Guide to a Teacher-Led Cycle of Continuous Improvement" by Stephanie Hirsh and Tracy Crow was created to support teams of teachers working on particular lessons and instructional challenges within classrooms. Even as the day-to-day work of classroom teaching continues,…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Faculty Development, Cooperative Learning
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Miller, Andrew – Learning Professional, 2017
Project-based learning is a successful way to engage students in learning in the classroom, and research reports increases in student achievement data. This article asks: If both students and teachers are more engaged when project-based learning is used, why aren't the elements of project-based learning being used to engage teachers in…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Skill Development, Teacher Collaboration
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Augustine-Shaw, Donna; Reilly, Marceta – Learning Professional, 2017
Preparing good leaders depends not only on providing good initial professional learning, but also on creating a strong support structure during the early years of practice. However, what good mentoring looks and sounds like varies widely in practice. Many mentoring programs for education leaders consist of buddy-like relationships that provide…
Descriptors: Mentors, Coaching (Performance), Teacher Effectiveness, Leadership Training
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Blakeslee, Theron; Chandler, Denny; Roeber, Edward; Kintz, Tara – Learning Professional, 2017
Formative assessment is one of the most effective tools that teachers use to promote student learning and watching one's self teach on video is one of the most effective ways to improve teaching. As part of a project for the Michigan Department of Education, the authors worked with eight teachers in Michigan who are using videos of their teaching…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Scoring Rubrics, Video Technology
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Alejandro, Zeke; Garland, Sarah; Kennedy, Suzanne; Van Soelen, Thomas – Learning Professional, 2017
Early childhood centers and classrooms perpetually dance between being a "center" or a "school." To many educators, the word "school" usually presumes K-12 students. It often means the school is part of a larger entity, like a district or a school board. To parents, school might connote importance or deference to a…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Education Programs
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Cohen, Alan – Learning Professional, 2017
Research shows that a child's healthy growth and development hinges on high-quality and consistent caregivers and teachers. This demands a stable, highly skilled, and qualified workforce. In response to the science, the federal Head Start program and a growing number of states now require early learning professionals, especially lead teachers, to…
Descriptors: Child Development, Teacher Education Programs, Early Childhood Education, Video 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
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Ebell, Steven; Hughes, Holly; Bockart, Scott; Silva, Susan; McBride, Stephanie – Learning Professional, 2017
In Texas--specifically in the greater Houston area--Clear Creek Independent School District is a destination district. Families with young children seek to move into the Clear Creek ISD district boundaries when looking for housing in the area. State accountability requirements, coupled with slow changes in student demographics, have caused Clear…
Descriptors: School Districts, Principals, Administrator Role, Communities of Practice
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Celeste, Eric – Learning Professional, 2017
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) says in its current policy paper that, for high-quality early education to exist outside of tiny islands across the country, the following must be addressed: (1) teacher preparation; (2) ongoing professional learning; and (3) disparity in early education teacher pay. To achieve…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development, Preschool Teachers
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Parrilla, Natasha; Trygstad, Kelly – Learning Professional, 2017
AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., is working to close the achievement gap before children enter kindergarten by providing 3- and 4-year-olds with the social, emotional, and academic foundations that enable them to thrive in school--and increasing educator effectiveness is a critical…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, School Readiness, Achievement Gap, Social Development
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Saphier, Jonathon – Learning Professional, 2017
Most worthwhile improvements in teaching practice are not simple, and the change process is complicated. It can also take a long time if it involves breaking long-established habits and modifying belief systems. Not only is adoption at scale difficult, but transfer into practice "at all" is often tricky, even with the best professional…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, High Schools, Teacher Collaboration, Models
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