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January 13, 2016

Lessons From Abroad on Professional Learning

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.

September 15, 2015

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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

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 23, 2014

Knowledge and Skills Aren't Enough for Deep Change

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

Spring into Learning Designs

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

Which Standards to Implement? All or None

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

Heart-Healthy Educator Evaluation Systems

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

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.

November 25, 2013

Beware of Fragmentation in Educator Effectiveness and Common Core Implementation

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

New Workbook Offers Step-by-Step Guidance for Planning Transformational Professional Learning

In this era of major reforms in education, professional learning often falls short in transforming educator practice due to insufficient planning for professional learning.

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