A study of four high-performing school systems offers evidence that continuous professional learning embedded into teachers' workday and supported by policies and leadership is fundamental to student success.
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Policy and decision makers in Kentucky continue to advocate for effective professional learning -- and the biggest beneficiaries are the state's students.
May 15, 2014
Research supports the value of educator collaboration. A recent report from the Rennie Center confirms that when teachers collaborate, students benefit. Too often, however, professional learning within communities of peers is merely a label.
April 23, 2014
Change challenges even the strongest among us. Too often, traditional professional development doesn't go far enough to produce deep change in practice, says Joellen Killion.
March 17, 2014
This has been a long winter for most people. Whether they have experienced severe drought, bitter cold, heavy rains and winds, or endless snows, most are ready for a change of season. It is also a time for changing seasons in professional learning.
February 17, 2014
Joellen Killion asks, "Which professional learning standards should we address as we plan?" The answer is simple, she says: The standards work as an integrated whole, so it is all or none.
February 03, 2014
Education evaluation systems claim to place professional growth and development at their heart. However, too much focus on operational components and not enough on the learning may set up potentially nullifying circumstances.
December 17, 2013
The backbone of educator evaluation systems includes individually focused professional learning. Joellen Killion explores the potential promises and pitfalls of professional learning aligned to individual areas for improvement.
November 25, 2013
A recent report calls for deeper integration of educator effectiveness, Common Core standards, and professional learning. Joellen Killion explores how to weave these three components together.
October 29, 2013
In this era of major reforms in education, professional learning often falls short in transforming educator practice due to insufficient planning for professional learning.