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May 15, 2014

3 Principles for Authentic PLCs

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 04, 2014

Technology Provides a New Context for Collaboration

Julie Blaine envisions a new context for collaboration, in which rural Missouri educators use technology to interact in self-directed and self-reflective learning.

February 19, 2014

Are You Ready for a Commitment to Transformation?

Ambitious school improvement efforts aren't for the faint-hearted. Before you embark on your next professional learning initiative, ask these questions to make sure that you and your team are ready to make the commitment necessary to achieve ongoing success.

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.

January 17, 2014

Focus on Team Member Strengths for Learning to Flourish

As the Learning Forward staff reads StrengthsFinder 2.0 and uses the accompanying assessment to identify individual strengths, Carol Fran├žois reflects on the importance of having each team member understand what makes him or her strong individually in order to have a strong team.

December 19, 2013

Cultivating Professional Learning Growth Through the Learning School Alliance

For Carol Fran├žois, watching schools develop and grow through the Learning School Alliance has been much like her experience planting a garden.

December 05, 2013

Get the Most Out of Conference Learning

Beginning this weekend, more than 3,000 attendees will gather in Dallas for five days of networking, inquiry, problem solving, and paradigm shifting. Stephanie Hirsh shares several suggestions for getting the most out of this or any conference learning experience.

October 22, 2013

The Big Aha: Conditions for Effective Professional Learning

A recent discussion with the Standards Board Committee in Ohio led to a big "aha" moment linking the seven Standards for Professional Learning with the conditions necessary for effective professional learning.

September 28, 2012

Shaping Communities as the World's Classrooms

Never before has the opportunity been greater to use existing resources differently to benefit student learning. Shrinking school budgets and rising expectations are challenging schools and communities across the country to think and act differently and use their resources more efficiently and effectively to ensure all students reach higher standards.

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