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George, Melinda; Morgan, Nick; Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2019
Many education stakeholders might grapple with some of these challenges in designing a new way to drive positive change in public education policy: (1) Implementing strategies that appear to hold promise but have never been scaled; (2) Maintaining the integrity of research-based interventions while addressing the need for contextual adaptation…
Descriptors: Networks, Educational Improvement, Science Instruction, Instructional Materials
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Stoisch, Elizabeth Leisy; Forman, Michelle L.; Bocala, Candice – Learning Professional, 2019
More than a decade of research suggests that improving the quality of instruction and student learning requires leaders to set a vision for instruction, promote teacher learning around that vision, and foster organizational conditions for teacher collaboration and growth (Louis, Dretzke, & Wahlstrom, 2010). Yet designing professional learning…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Teacher Collaboration, Faculty Development, Instructional Leadership
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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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Cieminski, Amie; Andrews, Deagan – Learning Professional, 2018
The Greeley-Evans School District in Colorado began moving toward innovation several years ago as district leaders searched for ways to improve student achievement, leverage technology, and stay within a very limited budget. In 2014, district leaders created a five-year blended learning implementation plan to increase student achievement that…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Professional Education, Educational Principles, Instructional Innovation
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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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Novak, Sandi; Houck, Bonnie – Learning Professional, 2018
Curriculum is the "heart" of any educational Organization. Realizing its importance, many school districts engage in a curriculum renewal cycle. Doing this well can be a crucial factor in students' academic success During a typical cycle, the district identifies an area of study, at which point district and school personnel dive deep…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Evidence Based Practice, Faculty Development, Alignment (Education)
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Bikle, Kelly – Learning Professional, 2018
As professional learning director in California's Palo Alto Unified School District, Kelly Bikle attended a California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Institute (CAASPP) workshop with a district team composed of our assessment coordinator, a special education inclusion specialist, and several teachers. The goal was to learn about…
Descriptors: Workshops, Faculty Development, Blended Learning, Educational Technology
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Psencik, Kay; Brown, Frederick – Learning Professional, 2018
This article describes a learning partnership between district or county leaders and school leaders to create a system of principal professional learning that came to life in principal learning communities across a district or multiple-district region. For more than a decade, Learning Forward has engaged with district-level leaders as learning…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Cooperation, Principals, Administrators
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Guskey, Thomas R. – Learning Professional, 2017
Educators often shy away from evaluating professional learning experiences because they believe the process requires knowledge and skills they don't possess. As a result, they either neglect evaluation procedures completely or leave them to "experts" who come in at the end and gather data to determine if anything made a difference. But…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Program Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Educational Quality
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Bradley, Janice; Rorrer, Andrea; McKinney, Ashley; Groth, Cori – Learning Professional, 2017
What happens when a university-based education policy center uses the Standards for Professional Learning to design purposeful professional learning experiences for teachers, community members, principals, central office administrators, superintendents, and university faculty to re-engage in the meaning and creation of equitable and excellent…
Descriptors: State Standards, Educational Policy, Educational Improvement, Educational Practices
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Hirsh, Stephanie; Crow, Tracy – Learning Professional, 2017
The learning team cycle as described in "Becoming a Learning Team: A Guide to a Teacher-Led Cycle of Continuous Improvement" by Stephanie Hirsh and Tracy Crow was created to support teams of teachers working on particular lessons and instructional challenges within classrooms. Even as the day-to-day work of classroom teaching continues,…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Faculty Development, Cooperative Learning