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May 19, 2014

3 Ways to Build Trust in Professional Learning

National education reports often have difficulty getting attention, but that was not the case when the Gallup polling organization released State of America's Schools. Rather than prescribing technocratic approaches for improving education, the report focused on the "human elements" that drive student achievement.

July 16, 2013

Superintendents Need a New View on Professional Learning

A recent survey indicates that superintendents don't have confidence in their districts' professional development. With their sustained attention to this school improvement strategy, perhaps their perspectives could shift.

June 04, 2013

Leadership Standard Calls for Evidence of Effectiveness

Consider why it is essential for school system leadership to judiciously use the words "Stop" and "No" at the right times and in the right ways in order to improve professional learning.

January 31, 2013

The Second Dimension of Professional Learning

Implementation has been the weak link in the chain of professional learning. That can't be the case.

December 17, 2012

The Shift in Data Awareness

The mere existence of data makes no difference. To truly increase student achievement, data must be used in planning and evaluation, and supported by leadership and resources.

May 07, 2012

Building Support For Professional Learning

How do school and system leaders engage their communities in understanding and supporting professional learning? Here's where to start.

December 01, 2011

New Standards Offer Second Chance for System Leaders

The Standards for Professional Learning are a roadmap school system leaders should use as a second chance to get professional learning right.

June 30, 2011

It's the Teaching, Not the Technology

The effectiveness of any new classroom technology depends on the capacity of teachers to use it effectively.

June 26, 2011

Improving Schools Requires a New Vision for Professional Learning

Any serious effort to improve schools, and the learning of students who attend them, must address the need to change professional development as we now know it.

June 20, 2011

Overcoming Barriers to Effective PD

To implement effective professional learning, educators must overcome the traditional barriers of time and money, as well as misconceptions about what professional learning actually is.

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