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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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Nava-Landeros, Imelda; Isken, Jo Ann; Francois, Annamarie – Learning Professional, 2020
The progression of teacher learning from aspiring educator to accomplished practitioner is multifaceted and complex. Selecting a teacher preparation program is a critical point in this journey, but it is by no means the end. Strengthening teacher pipelines requires aligned systems that not only open diverse entry points and provide initial…
Descriptors: Residential Programs, Teacher Education Programs, Urban Schools, Teacher Persistence
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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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Lachlan-Haché, Lisa; Causey-Konaté, Tammie; Kimmel, Lois; Mizrav, Etai – Learning Professional, 2020
Increasing the racial diversity of the teaching workforce is an urgent priority. Policymakers and educators are advocating for more people of color in teaching and leadership positions. The authors, from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center), agree racial diversity is paramount for building a more equitable education system. The…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Diversity (Faculty), Teacher Effectiveness, Minority Group Teachers
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McKee, Rohini; Bowman, Michelle – Learning Professional, 2020
COVID-19 has presented many new challenges for educators, not only in teaching and connecting with students but in their own learning from one another. The necessity of physical distancing has required all who engage in networks to be nimble and adapt strategies to an online environment. Although frustrating, this need can be turned into…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Networks, Middle Schools
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Fuentes, Sarah Quebec; Jimerson, Jo Beth – Learning Professional, 2019
At the heart of effective school leadership are robust instructional leadership practices. An emphasis on instructional leadership is neither new nor simple. The authors spent the last several years talking with teachers, school leaders, and content experts about how they engage in instructional leadership and the challenges with which they…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Teaching Methods, Teacher Distribution
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