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February 25, 2014

Teaching Books Collaboratively

A new issue of English Journal centers on teachers using fiction and nonfiction to work together across subject areas.

February 05, 2014

Collaboration and Commitment Turn Belief Into Innovative Solutions

Julie Blaine, president of the Learning Forward Board of Trustees, shares a success story that demonstrates the innovation and dedication it takes to rise to the top when implementing and supporting districtwide learning.

January 30, 2014

Gates Foundation Supports District-Charter Collaboration with Grants

Grants awarded through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are designed to help charters and traditional districts work through issues that have traditionally sparked friction between the two sectors.

January 22, 2014

More of This and Less of That: How Do You Score?

In professional learning that leads to changed educator practices and improved student results, there are five shifts that must occur. See how your state, system, school, or learning team measures up.

December 28, 2013

Did We Get 'Career Ready' Right?

If collaborative work environments have grown businesses into 21st century successes, why shouldn't schools truly operate on those principles?

December 17, 2013

Promises and Pitfalls of Individually Focused Professional Learning

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.

December 03, 2013

High Performance Is Not a Function of Accountability Alone

When it comes to creating more high-performing school cultures, increasing accountability is all the rage. But what if there's a better, less traveled way to transform schools? Kim Farris-Berg suggests that there is, and that the research supporting its path is clear.

October 28, 2013

Consolidation, Not Innovation: Successful Educational Reform at Scale

Alma Harris opens the last blog week with a discussion about what it takes to scale up system-wide reform. She writes, "Looking at those countries that have achieved successful reform at scale, the two success criteria are firstly, adequate time and secondly, fidelity of implementation." As she concludes, "Scaling up has to involve more than the spread of new materials, new ideas, or new strategies; it must also involve the spread of underlying beliefs, norms, and principles. This takes time, resilience, determination, and persistence."

October 12, 2013

A Tip for Teaching Tenacity and Teamwork

A clever idea for improving classroom efficiency and students' self-determination.

September 25, 2013

2 Professional Learning Elements Essential for Teacher Evaluation

In the rush to support new evaluation systems for teachers, let's not underestimate two professional learning designs that are critical to the process.

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