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Bishop, Beth; Breitenbucher, Amy; Sims, Andrea Lang; Montez, Stephanie; Swinehart-Arbogast, Christel – Learning Professional, 2019
The role of principal can be a very lonely one but when they engage in collaboration and collective inquiry, they can move their teachers and students forward. This article describes how five principals from five different elementary schools in Mesa Arizona came together to tackle some common challenges and strengthen their schools individually…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Principals, Public Schools
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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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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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Edwards, Darla – Learning Professional, 2019
A networked improvement community can be a tremendous resource for people who share a common interest and desire to learn from each other, and, thanks to technology, this can occur even when participants are separated by a large distance. This article discusses Virginia Advanced Study Strategies' Rural Math Innovation Network, a four-year project…
Descriptors: Networks, Rural Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools
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Bryan, Chris; Kaylor, Brenda – Learning Professional, 2018
While working with schools and districts across Canada, the authors have found there is a strong expectation that collaborative teams will improve student learning. Many districts also expect instructional coaches to be a part of these teams, although there is much confusion about what roles they should play within a team. Developing collective…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Collaboration, Coaching (Performance), Role
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McQuillan, Niamh – Learning Professional, 2018
Niamh McQuillan, development and instructional coach at Windsor Mill Middle School in Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland, writes here that, as a teacher, she always liked new learning, but more often than not, it was like a barnacle on her practice. She attended professional development sessions and took the handout back to the to-do tray…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Middle School Teachers, Teamwork, Inquiry
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Osmond-Johnson, Pamela; Zeichner, Ken; Campbell, Carol – Learning Professional, 2018
This is an excerpt from "The State of Educators' Professional Learning in Alberta: Executive Summary" (Learning Forward, 2018), part of a series produced by Learning Forward. Coinciding with the 2016 Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Learning Forward commissioned and supported a study of professional learning across the…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Professional Education, Foreign Countries, Teacher Collaboration
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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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Drago-Severson, Eleanor; Blum-Destefano, Jessica – Learning Professional, 2018
In this article, the authors highlight key elements of their new model for developing educators' capacities, as well as key takeaways about the potential of supporting adult development. Focusing on the five elements -- Theory, Culture, Pillar Practices, Feedback, and Sustainability -- of their developmental model for building capacity can foster…
Descriptors: Models, Capacity Building, Faculty Development, Sustainability
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Brissenden-Smith, Kaytie; Moreno, Ana; Peloquin, Lisa; Radiloff, Judy; Wachtel, Jenna – Learning Professional, 2018
How can teachers move from working in isolation within ineffective systems to building thriving, collaborative teaching environments in which they are supported and inspired to work with their colleagues in communities focused on mutual professional growth? In the authors' work as early learning instructional coaches, they have witnessed the ways…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Coaching (Performance), Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten
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Ginsberg, Margery; Bahena, Olimpia; Kertz, Jessica; Jones, Iysha – Learning Professional, 2018
This article describes learning walks that focus on enhancing student intrinsic motivation and learning at a dual-language pre-K-8 urban public school. Descriptions in this case study are a composite based on the authors' actual experiences as well as ideas from literature and other schools. About once a week at Chicago's Talcott Fine Arts and…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Second Language Learning, Faculty Development, Observation
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Kilbane, James; Clayton, Christine – Learning Professional, 2017
At its core, inquiry--whether conducted with students or teachers--is a process of making observations, asking questions, working with evidence, and interpreting data. Even though research shows well-documented benefits to understanding content, secondary teachers often hesitate to incorporate inquiry for learning. This article presents two…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, High School Students, Inquiry, Active Learning
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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
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Miller, Andrew – Learning Professional, 2017
Project-based learning is a successful way to engage students in learning in the classroom, and research reports increases in student achievement data. This article asks: If both students and teachers are more engaged when project-based learning is used, why aren't the elements of project-based learning being used to engage teachers in…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Skill Development, Teacher Collaboration
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Alejandro, Zeke; Garland, Sarah; Kennedy, Suzanne; Van Soelen, Thomas – Learning Professional, 2017
Early childhood centers and classrooms perpetually dance between being a "center" or a "school." To many educators, the word "school" usually presumes K-12 students. It often means the school is part of a larger entity, like a district or a school board. To parents, school might connote importance or deference to a…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Education Programs
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