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Holdheide, Lynn; Lachlan-Haché, Lisa – Learning Professional, 2019
In fall 2016, more than 50% of teachers in Kokomo, Indiana, were leaving the profession within their first three years. Within the district, low-performing schools in particular struggled to retain teachers. The costs of teacher attrition are high for districts. According to a report from the Learning Policy Institute, each teacher who leaves the…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Expertise, Mentors, Teacher Persistence
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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2019
A recent qualitative study by a team of researchers looked into how grade-level teams of teachers are thinking about causes and strategies based on looking at student performance data. What is interesting in these findings is how infrequently teachers attribute student results to instruction -- just 15% of the time. Teachers in this study were…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Teacher Student Relationship, Data Use
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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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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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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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Williams, Sharon; Cloninger, Karen – Learning Professional, 2018
Even though the West Linn-Wilsonville School District in Tualatin, Oregon was posting good results at all levels, when a new superintendent arrived, one of his first initiatives was to re-align progress from goals to a coherent system of professional development that would lead everyone to feel confident and competent in their work to reach all…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Faculty Development, Academic Achievement, School Districts
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Steiner, David – Learning Professional, 2018
Several research summaries over the last few years have brought attention to the impact that high-quality instructional materials have on student learning. The U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse, which produces summaries of rigorous research, has identified a number of effective curricula with large effect sizes on students'…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Instructional Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Curriculum Design
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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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Melton, Beth – Learning Professional, 2018
This article describes a project initiated to address the challenges of providing high-quality professional development to teachers in rural schools. Spread over the vast northwest corner of Colorado, where it takes over two hours to drive from one end of the region to the other, the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services (NW…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Rural Schools, Teacher Evaluation, Communities of Practice
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Manassah, Tala; Roderick, Tom; Gregory, Anne – Learning Professional, 2018
Racial inequity is a pernicious problem in American schools. Discrepancies in school discipline show that black students are two to three times more likely than their peers to be suspended and expelled, even for similar infractions. This directly affects the racial achievement gap, school dropout, and involvement in the juvenile justice system.…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Discipline, Suspension, Expulsion
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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2018
The meta-analysis addressed three research questions: (1) What is the causal effect of teacher coaching programs on classroom instruction and student achievement?; (2) Are specific coaching program design elements associated with larger effects?; and (3) Do changes in teacher practice from coaching programs translate into improvements in student…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Educational Practices, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education
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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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Killion, Joellen – Learning Professional, 2017
Professional development designed to integrate key features of research-based professional learning has positive and significant effects on teacher practice and student achievement in mathematics when implemented in schools that meet specified technology-readiness criteria. Key features of research-based professional learning include intensive…
Descriptors: Standards, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Principals
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Spangler, Donna – Learning Professional, 2017
This article discusses factors to consider as we evaluate the professional learning occurring in our schools. The article describes how a committee of six teachers and one administrator at Hershey Middle School in Pennsylvania's Derry Township School District adapted an activity for use in a two-hour professional learning session called "The…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Educational Change, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Experience
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Archer, Jeff; Cantrell, Steve; Holtzman, Steven L.; Joe, Jilliam; Tocci, Cynthia M.; Wood, Jess – Learning Professional, 2017
Classroom observation has changed dramatically in recent years. Trivial checklists have given way to research-based rubrics that describe important aspects of teaching and, for each aspect, explain the difference between more and less effective practice. Instead of asking if the lesson objective was posted, these new instruments typically ask to…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Scoring Rubrics, Academic Achievement, Decision Making
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