Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are the most important professional development trend and development in education. They embody many of the broader adult learning trends: interest-driven, high engagement, flexible, and social. There are PLCs for teachers by level and discipline, PLCs for teachers in districts and networks, PLCs for principals—and even PLCs for specific tasks like aligning texts to the Common Core.
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January 13, 2014
January 02, 2014
NY State Education Commissioner John King has sent out memo after memo in 2013 explaining what he meant...public education deserves more than a memo.
December 29, 2013
Many educators are concerned that strict standards and accountability will never promote independent thinking, but have schools ever promoted that?
December 26, 2013
NCTQ put out a new report on the quality of pre-service teacher programs but their findings only tell one part of the story.
December 18, 2013
We've been investigating performance assessment tools so we were interested when we heard that CTB McGraw-Hill had added performance-based items to its widely use Acuity platform. We call CTB President Ellen Haley for the scoop.
December 16, 2013
The state will ask the U.S. Department of Education to relax its requirements that English-learners who've been in U.S. schools for 12 months or longer take state language arts tests in English.
December 11, 2013
College and career readiness means a lot more than passing a community college entrance exam (although that is the minimum bar for all kids). It requires a set of deeper learning experiences that result in the knowledge, skills and dispositions young people will need to succeed.
December 08, 2013
There is a growing movement to opt out of state testing but there are pros and cons that should weigh into the decision, and schools should not be held accountable regardless of a parent's decision.
November 29, 2013
Perhaps in the future N.Y. Times columnist Mr. Bruni should take off his bubble wrap and enter into a public school system to get a more well-rounded view of the Common Core before he begins portraying children and their parents as weak.
November 22, 2013
Many educators question whether we need standards because we should personalize learning. Is it possible to do both?