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Blank, Rolf K.; Moulding, Brett – Learning Professional, 2019
Since 2013, a majority of states have been working to implement new standards for K-12 science education that are based on the National Research Council's framework for science education and the Next Generation Science Standards. The new science standards emphasize deeper understanding of content in relation to practices and a three-dimensional…
Descriptors: State Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Gonzales, Crystal; Skarin, Renae – Learning Professional, 2019
There is substantial evidence documenting the impact of high-quality, educative learning materials on teacher practices and student learning, yet this evidence has not translated widely into more equitable learning opportunities for all students. English learners tend to have less access to intellectually rich, grade-level content and…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Student Needs, English Language Learners, Equal Education
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Levine, Thomas H. – Learning Professional, 2019
Research supports the contention that professional learning communities (PLCs) are a "path to change in the classroom" (DuFour, 1997). Teachers treading this path, however, can encounter obstacles or plateau as a result of five common challenges: incoherence, insularity, unequal participation, congeniality, and privacy. Fortunately,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Reflection
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Hirsh, Stephanie; Psencik, Kay; Brown, Frederick – Learning Professional, 2018
In a learning system, central office personnel assume collective responsibility for schools and go about their work very differently. They are responsible not only for departments and programs, but also for student learning. They demonstrate that responsibility by engaging in data informed conversations about student achievement. Central office…
Descriptors: Central Office Administrators, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Educational Administration
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Yoder, Nick; Nolan, Liz – Learning Professional, 2018
Many teachers and administrators recognize the importance of social and emotional development for student success but do not feel that they have the time or tools to support social and emotional learning (SEL). The American Institutes for Research developed the "Social and Emotional Learning Coaching Toolkit: Keeping SEL at the Center"…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Teaching Methods, Scoring Rubrics