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Arnett, Thomas – Learning Professional, 2019
Good teaching does not come from mere check-box compliance. Teachers who have real impact with their students continually use their expertise and intuition to evaluate, adapt, and improve how they implement new strategies within their classrooms. New practices rarely make a difference unless teachers engage eagerly and thoughtfully in adopting and…
Descriptors: Motivation Techniques, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Motivation, Blended Learning
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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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Hargreaves, Andy; O'Connor, Michael T. – Learning Professional, 2019
The four B's framework described in this article grew out of the authors' global study of "collaborative professionalism" (Hargreaves & O'Connor, 2017, 2018). They define collaborative professionalism as ways educators work together with depth, trust, and precision to achieve impact. The authors then set out to study how it manifests…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teacher Collaboration, Professionalism, Teacher Effectiveness
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Arnett, Thomas – Learning Professional, 2019
Meeting students' individual learning needs has never been easy and seems to only become more challenging with the passage of time. Teachers today struggle to keep up with society's expectations. It isn't enough for them to just cover their curriculum. They are expected to differentiate their instruction, address students' social and emotional…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Teaching Methods
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Davidson, Barbara; Pimentel, Susan – Learning Professional, 2018
K-12 education has witnessed a sea of change in attitudes about curriculum as a serious reform strategy. The movement gained traction in the wake of the Common Core State Standards, when newly created curriculum products emerged. While there are an increasing number of high-quality, content-rich curriculum products available, as well as venues to…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Implementation, Teaching Methods
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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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Wanless, Shannon; Winters, Dana – Learning Professional, 2018
Research indicates that creating a psychologically safe school climate matters for adult learning in the same way it matters for children's learning. School leaders can help teachers feel safe to take risks, share differing opinions, and be vulnerable in front of peers before and during professional learning activities. An example of why…
Descriptors: Security (Psychology), Educational Environment, Adult Learning, Faculty Development
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Gabriel, Rachael – Learning Professional, 2018
Classroom observations and the feedback they generate have great potential to support educator development, especially when compared with other components of teacher evaluation systems. Challenges to observation include: (1) The dual foci of teacher evaluation (accountability and development) cannot be addressed simultaneously; (2) Excellent…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Scoring Rubrics, Observation, Feedback (Response)
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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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Jones, Joseph; Vari, T. J. – Learning Professional, 2017
The idea of conversations around performance reviews, and even more challenging improvement plans, is daunting. Even though the goal is to improve the employee's performance, difficult conversations don't automatically stimulate an environment and culture of continual growth. Establishing and systematizing professional dialogue in the workplace…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Interpersonal Communication, Reflection, Teacher Student Relationship
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Augustine-Shaw, Donna; Reilly, Marceta – Learning Professional, 2017
Preparing good leaders depends not only on providing good initial professional learning, but also on creating a strong support structure during the early years of practice. However, what good mentoring looks and sounds like varies widely in practice. Many mentoring programs for education leaders consist of buddy-like relationships that provide…
Descriptors: Mentors, Coaching (Performance), Teacher Effectiveness, Leadership Training