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Murray, Liz – Learning Professional, 2019
Transitions are a part of life for all students, but particularly for students at Phoenix Charter Academy in Massachusetts. Phoenix students have persevered and shown resilience through challenges in school and in their personal lives that many of us cannot imagine. Students come to Phoenix with a wealth of strengths and assets, from strong work…
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Learner Engagement, Charter Schools, Coaching (Performance)
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Westfall, Jeanette – Learning Professional, 2019
In 2015, Liberty, (Missouri) Public Schools was updating resources for several content areas. Content consultant Diana Laufenberg, executive director of Inquiry Schools, had been working with secondary teachers to study options for the best and most current instructional practices in social studies. As teachers considered using online resources…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Faculty Development, Instructional Materials, Educational Technology
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Van Soelen, Thomas M.; Kersey, Shannon N.; Chester, Charles; LeMoyne, Michael; Perkins, Rebecca Williams – Learning Professional, 2019
Shannon Kersey, principal of Alpharetta High School in Georgia and one of the authors of this article, believes in the benefits of building assistant principals' leadership capacity, not just for success in their current jobs but to support their eventual transition to principal. Three of her former assistant principals are now principals of…
Descriptors: High Schools, Principals, Career Change, Capacity Building
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Avins, Jeremy; Huttner, Nathan; Miller, Sherrill C. – Learning Professional, 2019
In 2016, the Wake County Public School System in North Carolina, the nation's 15th-largest school district, confronted two dilemmas common in U.S. education. First, a quality review had revealed weaknesses in its literacy curriculum. Although curriculum can have profound effects on student learning, not all curricula are rigorous and engaging…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Literacy Education, Public Schools, Language Arts
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Jacobi, Julie A.; Stults, Sarah E.; Shefner, Rachel; Lange, Karin E.; Abraham, Nayantara S.; Deiger, Megan – Learning Professional, 2019
Policymakers and the public are increasingly asking educators to approach instruction from a STEM perspective, integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to prepare students for future careers. At the same time, administrators are directing teachers to make learning more communal and student-driven, emulating the workforce…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, STEM Education, Public School Teachers, Urban Schools
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Geurkink-Coats, Amy – Learning Professional, 2019
Personalized learning for students is gaining steam across the country and pushing on traditional instructional practices. But many teachers have never experienced personalized learning themselves, making it challenging to implement it for students (Sawchuck, 2015). As personalization experts Tom Vander Ark and Karen Cator (2015) said, "If we…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Faculty Development, School Districts, Teacher Attitudes
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Battaglia, Joe – Learning Professional, 2019
For more than 20 years, the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (known as the Met) has been personalizing learning to meet students' interests and needs. The Met, which today is a network of six small, public high schools in Providence and Newport, Rhode Island, is the founding school of Big Picture Learning, a network of more than…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Individualized Instruction, High Schools, Public Schools
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Harrington, Adriana; Henry, Regina; Milligan, Rachael; Morel, Nina; Osteen, Julia – Learning Professional, 2019
Imagine walking into an 8th-grade science classroom and hearing a discussion among students about a challenging assignment they recently completed. A pilot program in 18 Tennessee schools develops agency through competency-based education. Students in Beth Hines' 8th grade physical science class at West Collierville Middle School in Tennessee are…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Middle School Students, Grade 8, Student Responsibility
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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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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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Ermeling, Bradley A. – Learning Professional, 2018
This article explains how principals and leadership teams have used a pivotal segments approach to overcome problems of time limitations and other barriers and create more meaningful teaching and learning opportunities. To leverage the power of pivotal segments, teams begin by establishing clear goals for student learning and the sequence or…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Principals, Academic Achievement, English Teachers
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Ippolito, Jacy; Dobbs, Christina L.; Charner-Laird, Megin – Learning Professional, 2017
Secondary teachers and leaders, many of whom are implementing the Common Core State Standards, are seeking guidance about how to implement disciplinary literacy practices. Of the four core subjects taught in secondary schools--English, history, math, and science--the authors have found through their work with secondary teachers that math teachers…
Descriptors: Literacy, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics
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Greenleaf, Cynthia; Brown, Willard R. – Learning Professional, 2017
This article describes how participants in the California Teacher Inquiry Network learn the art of making their invisible thinking processes visible, helping them see more clearly that they have internal resources to help students master similar kinds of thinking processes.
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Cognitive Processes
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Gilman, Sharon L.; Fout, Martha C. – Learning Professional, 2017
The "Next Generation Science Standards" place an emphasis on the practices of science and engineering, where ensuring that students understand and experience how science works is as important as, or maybe more important than, memorizing facts. The idea is that, while some facts may change, the practices will always be applicable, and it…
Descriptors: Scientists, Science Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Graduate Students
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