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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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Anton, Mary; Teitel, Lee; Williams, Tamisha – Learning Professional, 2021
In the chaos and upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been hard to keep a focus on race and equity in schools. And yet in this time of disruption of the very notion of what it means to be a teacher and how teachers do school, keeping race and equity at the center of this work is essential. In this time of exhaustion and uncertainty,…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Pandemics, COVID-19, Collectivism
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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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Ortmann, Lisa L.; Brodeur, Katherine; Massey, Susan L. – Learning Professional, 2021
The authors work with practicing teachers learning to become coaches in graduate programs and through professional learning initiatives in multiple school districts. They are also engaged in an ongoing research study of new coach development. Over the last five years, they have observed some common patterns in coaches' learning (Ortmann et. al,…
Descriptors: Barriers, Novices, Coaching (Performance), Professional Development
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Edmond, Carrie; Kmieciak, Rebekah; Mane, Rachel; Taplin, Ashley – Learning Professional, 2021
Social and emotional learning (SEL) skills such as growth mindset and perseverance have always been important for learning mathematics, but educators are not always explicit about how or intentional about integrating them into math classrooms. In the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, they are working to change that. Two…
Descriptors: Social Emotional Learning, Coaching (Performance), Secondary School Teachers, Self Concept
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Zygouris-Coe, Vassiliki; Nolen, Karen; Ferrante, Pamela S. – Learning Professional, 2021
At all times, but especially in today's shifting contexts created by the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers benefit from differentiated professional learning support. One way school leaders can ensure such support is to nurture a culture of coaching. By embracing instructional coaching and establishing it as part of the school culture, leaders can help…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Professional Development, Instructional Improvement, Student Needs
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Lewis, Melanie; McNamara, Katie – Learning Professional, 2021
School administrators often seek out personnel to facilitate embedded professional learning, usually by asking a skilled classroom teacher to serve as an instructional coach, curriculum specialist, or teacher on special assignment. One source administrators do not often consider is a certified school librarian, but these professionals are ready…
Descriptors: Librarians, Certification, Role, Professional Development
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Fugnitto, Gina; Stuart, Kelly – Learning Professional, 2021
Teacher professional learning is often disjointed and not aligned with the curricula teachers use in daily instruction. This lack of preparation has led to fragmented approaches to teaching young students to read, in part because initiatives lose momentum, teachers modify the instruction beyond recognition, and programs are soon eclipsed by newer…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Faculty Development, Teacher Empowerment, Teacher Competencies
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Adams, David – Learning Professional, 2021
As CEO of the Urban Assembly, a nonprofit organization that oversees a network of 23 student-centered schools in New York City, David Adams knows what it takes for students to succeed not only in school but in the real world. Before serving as CEO at the Urban Assembly, Adams was the organization's director of social-emotional learning and created…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Community Involvement, Social Emotional Learning
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Vieyra, Rebecca; Smith, Trey; Hite, Rebecca – Learning Professional, 2021
The AAPT/AIP Master Teacher Policy Leader Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to build teachers' policy knowledge, skills, and dispositions to act as change agents in science education policy spaces. The locus of teachers' work is typically perceived as occurring in classrooms or school buildings, directly oriented toward students and…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Participation, Educational Policy, Policy Formation
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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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Cameli, Sandy – Learning Professional, 2021
When the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted in-person education in spring 2020, learning leaders urgently needed collaborative professional learning -- to take deep breaths, reflect on how to shift their practices, and support one another emotionally and logistically to survive and eventually thrive in this unfamiliar learning environment. However, many…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Coaching (Performance), Mentors, Teacher Leadership
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Woulfin, Sarah L. – Learning Professional, 2021
A tiger in the arctic. Sunflowers in a coral reef. Would they thrive -- or even survive -- in those ecosystems? Probably not, despite being strong and resilient species. Similarly, even well-designed, evidence-based professional learning must occur in a supportive, rather than endangering, ecosystem to take root and thrive. Ecosystems that support…
Descriptors: Leadership Role, Work Environment, Cooperation, Program Development
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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2021
Project-based learning is popular with many parents, students, and teachers because of its focus on problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, and real-world application (Gallup, 2019). It encourages teachers to act as facilitators while students actively engage in teacherand student-posed learning challenges, working alone and in groups on…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Active Learning, Program Effectiveness, High Schools
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