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Wong, Kwok-Sze Richard – Learning Professional, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased already-high stress and anxiety levels among students. In addition to the health dangers of the virus, and the sense of worry and hopelessness some families are experiencing due to job losses, school closures have caused many students to lose a source of stability and support. All plans to support students, both…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Well Being, School Counselors, Coping
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Helmke, Sharron – Learning Professional, 2020
When schools closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many wondered, "When are we getting back to normal?" A few weeks later, the question changed to, "Will we get back to normal?" And now, many are realizing the old normal won't be back, at least not anytime soon. Still, educators will eventually return to their campuses,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Resilience (Psychology), Disease Control
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Gleason, Sonia Caus; Berg, Jill Harrison – Learning Professional, 2020
When COVID-19 appeared on international radar this year and began its march around the globe, it revealed to any who might have previously denied it that the work to eliminate educational inequities is far from done. During this pandemic, more than ever, many educators are keeping these inequities top of mind. Rather than move online with what…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Disease Control, Epidemiology, Public Health
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Gill, Jennifer – Learning Professional, 2020
Four of five teachers surveyed by "Education Week" in April said their job is more stressful than before the pandemic (Kurtz & Herold, 2020). Principals have been presented with a a host of challenges that no leadership course could have adequately prepared them for. Chief among them: How to effectively support teachers from afar as…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Principals, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Leadership Effectiveness
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Bouffard, Suzanne – Learning Professional, 2020
Ellie Drago-Severson and Mary Antón have known each other for more than 20 years and have worked together in different capacities to support educators through the lens of adult development. They spoke with "The Learning Professional" about how coaching can help leaders at all levels navigate the COVID-19 crisis and grow in ways that will…
Descriptors: Leaders, Coaching (Performance), Disease Control, Epidemiology
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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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Helmke, Sharron – Learning Professional, 2020
It is the start of another school year, but unlike any other in the careers of teachers. This year, teachers find themselves at the nexus of a widespread, months-old pandemic and racial trauma that is centuries old. Despite this trauma and the uncertainty of resolution, teachers are being asked to step into the actual or virtual classroom, greet…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Leadership, Teacher Administrator Relationship, COVID-19
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Drago-Severson, Ellie; Blum-DeStefano, Jessica; Brooks-Lawrence, Deborah – Learning Professional, 2020
At their best, teams can bring people and talents together and serve as holding environments -- spaces that offer both developmental supports and challenges -- for individual, group, and organizational growth and transformation. While teaming has steadily emerged as a lever for educational change in recent years, educators are now being called on…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Social Justice, Teamwork, Race
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Barahal, Helen; Cruz, Humberto – Learning Professional, 2020
Early childhood education leaders are dedicated, resilient, and caring professionals. They are master multitaskers, seamlessly transitioning from comforting crying children to managing a plumbing problem; from writing a facilities report to meeting with a family to help them better understand their child's development. But they are often not able…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Preschool Education, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Training
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Saclarides, Evthokia Stephanie – Learning Professional, 2020
Given the widespread implementation of instructional coaching, it is not surprising that coaching research has explored a variety of topics, including coaching roles and practices, coaches' preparation and ongoing learning, and coaching's impact on teachers and students across subjects such as literacy, mathematics, and technology. Yet little…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Elementary School Teachers, Modeling (Psychology), Intellectual Disciplines
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Carlson, Liesel – Learning Professional, 2020
In this article, the author describes collaborative work with four teachers through the Lansing School District's participation in a multiyear project to implement and study the effects of the My Teaching Partner-Secondary 1:1 Video Coaching model. The model is a collaborative, individualized coaching program that focuses on effective…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Teacher Student Relationship, Interaction, Teacher Improvement
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Squires, Tiffany M.; LeTendre, Gerald – Learning Professional, 2020
In Penn State's work with aspiring teacher leaders over the last decade, two core strategies have emerged that hold significant promise for fostering teacher leadership: (1) provide teachers with the skills they need to create their own jobs; and (2) provide training and extended (e.g. post-graduate) support in developing ongoing professional…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Leadership Training, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice
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Storeygard, Judy; Mutch-Jones, Karen – Learning Professional, 2020
Doing the Math With Paraeducators: A Research and Development Project funded by the National Science Foundation, was designed to provide experiences to support professional growth by building paraeducator mathematical knowledge for teaching and leadership in Boston Public Schools. Providing paraeducators with sustained professional learning and…
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Mathematics Instruction, Public School Teachers, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Manning, Tom; Bouffard, Suzanne – Learning Professional, 2020
In 2016, the Louisiana Department of Education selected Learning Forward to design and facilitate a mentor teacher training program that provided expert teachers across the state with tools and skills to more effectively support teachers in their systems through their first three years of teaching. This three-year partnership was completed in…
Descriptors: Mentors, Beginning Teachers, Training, Program Effectiveness
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