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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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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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Bouffard, Suzanne – Learning Professional, 2019
Monica Higgins is the Kathleen McCartney Professor of Education Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), where her research and teaching focus on leadership development and organizational change. Drawing on a background that combines organizational behavior, business, and education, she works with senior education leaders…
Descriptors: Leaders, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Training, Organizational Change
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Rader, Toni; Pennell, Shawn – Learning Professional, 2019
Given that over 5 million K-12 students in the U.S. public school system are classified as English learners (NCES, 2017), many policymakers and school leaders recognize that public schools need ethnically and linguistically diverse educators. But about 80% of teaching staff are white (Williams, Garcia, Connally, Cook, & Dancy, 2016), and only…
Descriptors: Diversity (Faculty), Bilingual Teachers, Teacher Aides, Teaching Skills
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Bouffard, Suzanne – Learning Professional, 2019
Delia Pompa's distinguished career in education policy has focused on the needs of immigrant students and English learners. She is a senior fellow for education policy at the Migration Policy Institute and was previously senior vice president for programs at the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS) and director of education for the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Teacher Role, Faculty Development
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Curcio, Rachelle; Ascetta, Kate – Learning Professional, 2019
University-school partnerships can be a powerful mechanism for educator professional learning, but they have varying degrees of success. In South Carolina's School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties, superintendent Christina Melton wanted to make sure her district's partnership with the University of South Carolina would strategically…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, School Districts, Goal Orientation, Faculty Development
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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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Savitz-Romer, Mandy – Learning Professional, 2019
Too often, leaders overlook valuable human capital in their schools and miss the opportunity to develop them so that the school and its students can reach their full potential. This is particularly true for a highly qualified but underused group of professionals: school counselors. School counselors are uniquely positioned to support students'…
Descriptors: School Counselors, Strategic Planning, Counselor Training, Professional Development
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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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Spangler, Donna – Learning Professional, 2019
Microcredentials create opportunities for continuing growth of all teachers based on specific needs. They provide ways for teachers to lead their own learning while allowing administrators to identify and address teachers' needs as well as the expertise teachers have to share with their colleagues. Microcredentials are different from traditional…
Descriptors: Credentials, Faculty Development, Competency Based Education, Communities of Practice
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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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Freitag, Emily – Learning Professional, 2018
It's a story that is all too familiar. A school district has a majority of students reading below grade level. The district adopts a new English language arts curriculum anchored in complex texts and analytical writing tasks. As they began to teach with the new curriculum, teachers adapted materials in an effort to meet their students at their…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Faculty Development, Curriculum Implementation, Educational Quality
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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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Singleton, Glenn – Learning Professional, 2018
Schools cannot achieve racial equity without explicit processes for leaders and staff to examine their personal, professional, and organizational beliefs about race. The author has noticed while working for the past 25 years with schools in the United States and abroad, that educational systems are deeply challenged to examine their beliefs about…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Racial Attitudes, Equal Education, Race
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