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Wolfe, Rebecca E.; Pace, Lillian – Learning Professional, 2019
Educators, parents, employers, and advocates in all corners of the education world are calling out the ways in which our prevailing systems devalue educators' professionalism, sort and batch children according to their skin color and ZIP code, and turn the joy of learning into marching lockstep through tests and worksheets. A promising antidote to…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Social Change
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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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France, Paul Emerich – Learning Professional, 2019
People often confuse personalization with individualization. They assume that the more distinct and separate learning is for each individual, the more personalized it will be. This type of thinking leads to a belief that teachers should learn only what they want to and when and where it's convenient. This article explains that author Paul France…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Interests, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice
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Battaglia, Joe – Learning Professional, 2019
For more than 20 years, the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (known as the Met) has been personalizing learning to meet students' interests and needs. The Met, which today is a network of six small, public high schools in Providence and Newport, Rhode Island, is the founding school of Big Picture Learning, a network of more than…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Individualized Instruction, High Schools, Public Schools
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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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Sussman, Mel – Learning Professional, 2018
It is not clear exactly when school leaders first started wearing an "S" on their chests and began defiantly uttering the phrase, "I can do it all myself!" But after days, weeks, months, or even years of racing wildly from task to task, many a superhero principal has come to the stark realization that nothing could be further…
Descriptors: Principals, Leadership, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Styles
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Chirichello, Michael; Neihof, James; Orr, Anthony; Cochran, J. Robin; Berry, Buddy; Livingood, Ron; Stafford, Robert – Learning Professional, 2018
A legacy of leadership is more than a bench, as demonstrated by six Kentucky school superintendents who share a common commitment to providing a resource for continuous professional learning for district superintendents. The six leaders met at the end of their doctorate of education program at Northern Kentucky University in May 2015 to contribute…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Success, Change Strategies, Strategic Planning
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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2018
Engaging with materials can shape the teaching experience, teachers' practices and mindsets, and, ultimately, students' learning experiences. This issue of "Learning Professional" looks at an area of emerging interest: curriculum materials and the role they play in the daily work of educators and leaders. Educators, researchers, and…
Descriptors: Design Requirements, Instructional Material Evaluation, Media Selection, Teaching Guides
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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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Garmston, Robert; Zoller, Kendall – Learning Professional, 2018
To disagree well, one first must listen. Listening conveys respect of the person speaking, especially when your listening includes restating ideas to confirm understanding and let the speaker know you are making this effort. Most of us know this, but still can get caught in angry, argumentative, or defensive engagements. You may know someone who…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Perspective Taking, Speech Skills, Teaching Methods
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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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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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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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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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