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Killion, Joellen – Learning Professional, 2017
Evaluation of professional learning illuminates the interactions that occur in the implementation of planned learning experiences and the necessary supports designed to improve professional practice and its effects on students. It investigates how a set of actions designed to achieve defined short- and long-term outcomes occur over time and how…
Descriptors: Evaluation Problems, Evaluation Research, Professional Education, Barriers
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Learning Professional, 2017
The single most important way to achieve equity and excellence is by ensuring a knowledgeable and skillful educator workforce. Ensuring the availability of excellent educators for all students requires a culture of learning and a system of support for every school and school district. This means that the goal is not just to improve professional…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), School Districts, Professional Education, Educational Legislation
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Greenleaf, Cynthia; Brown, Willard R. – Learning Professional, 2017
This article describes how participants in the California Teacher Inquiry Network learn the art of making their invisible thinking processes visible, helping them see more clearly that they have internal resources to help students master similar kinds of thinking processes.
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Cognitive Processes
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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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Gilman, Sharon L.; Fout, Martha C. – Learning Professional, 2017
The "Next Generation Science Standards" place an emphasis on the practices of science and engineering, where ensuring that students understand and experience how science works is as important as, or maybe more important than, memorizing facts. The idea is that, while some facts may change, the practices will always be applicable, and it…
Descriptors: Scientists, Science Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Graduate Students
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Learning Professional, 2017
Learning Forward recently released findings from a new study that fills a long-standing gap in existing Pan-Canadian research, identifying key components of effective professional learning based on findings from educators' experiences in Canada. Accompanying the study is a call to action by Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves making the case for a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Education, Learning Experience, Professionalism
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Morales, Sara; Sainz, Terri – Learning Professional, 2017
Imagine teachers, administrators, and university mathematicians and staff learning together in a lab setting where students are excited about attending a week-long summer math event because they are at the forefront of the experience. Piloted in three New Mexico classrooms during summer 2014, MathLab expanded into 17 lab settings over six…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Education, Pilot Projects, Summer Programs
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Reitz, Diane; Hall, Gene E. – Learning Professional, 2017
Challenges inherent to increasing student literacy are well-documented particularly in under performing schools. Those challenges increase in schools experiencing high staff turnover, high populations of English language learners, and greater poverty. In order to improve student learning in these communities there needs to be a comprehensive…
Descriptors: Literacy, Program Improvement, Coaching (Performance), Elementary Secondary Education
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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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Patterson, Leslie; Wickstrom, Carol – Learning Professional, 2017
Responsive professional development is about watching learners closely, interpreting observations to make nuanced decisions, and taking action to support learners at particular moments. What might they be ready to do next? What instructional moves will best provide "just enough" support? In other words, what is the next wise action?…
Descriptors: Writing Exercises, Writing Instruction, Individualized Instruction, Literacy
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Tweed, Anne; Arndt, Laura – Learning Professional, 2017
In spring 2014, education leaders from across Micronesia came together on the island of Guam to learn about underwater robotics and Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE), a program based at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, California. Participants listened intently as they learned about building and participating in competitions with…
Descriptors: Robotics, STEM Education, Teaching Methods, Competition
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Saltzman, Amy – Learning Professional, 2017
While most principal supervisors are former principals themselves, few come to the role with specific training in how to do the job effectively. For this reason, both the Washington, D.C., and Tulsa, Oklahoma, principal supervisor programs include a strong professional development component. In this article, the author takes a look inside these…
Descriptors: Principals, Supervision, Program Evaluation, Faculty Development
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Learning Professional, 2017
Teacher expertise and insights are valuable resources untapped by most districts and states. That's why as new federal education laws with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) begin to be implemented, teachers need to seek and create opportunities to use their teacher agency in advocating for relevant and effective professional learning. And as…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Teacher Participation, Participative Decision Making, Policy Formation
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Killion, Joellen – Learning Professional, 2017
Professional development designed to integrate key features of research-based professional learning has positive and significant effects on teacher practice and student achievement in mathematics when implemented in schools that meet specified technology-readiness criteria. Key features of research-based professional learning include intensive…
Descriptors: Standards, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Principals
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Martin, James G. – Learning Professional, 2017
In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on professional learning structures for teaching and finding ways to embed this learning into the daily work of teachers. This is premised on the understanding that one-shot professional development yields little transfer or change of practice to ultimately impact student learning. But how has…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Principals, Administrator Education, Professional Development
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