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September 17, 2013

New Education Initiatives Demand a New Engine to Drive them Forward

Initiatives such as Common Core State Standards, new student assessments, and measuring educator effectiveness, have created an imperative for a new engine to drive teaching for deeper learning.

August 27, 2013

Anticipation, Hope, and Opportunities to Support Teacher Learning During Back to School Time

As teachers return to school along with over 50 million students for another year of learning, they do so with excitement, anticipation, and apprehension.

July 26, 2013

Overwhelmed with Opportunity

In an exploratory study about the use of technology resources, teachers note many aspects that are helpful in implementing Common Core standards as well as challenges that remain.

July 01, 2013

Repurpose Resources to Meet High-Priority Professional Learning Needs

Given the increased demand for professional learning, state education agency and school system leaders must make bold decisions about current investments in professional learning and how to repurpose resources to achieve their high-priority goals.

May 31, 2013

Professional Learning Policies Promote Equity

Six essential components for statewide professional learning policies establish the parameters and conditions that ensure effective professional learning.

May 09, 2013

Four Ways to Improve Team Learning

Learn four processes that focus team interactions and connect team learning with student learning.

May 02, 2013

Are Your Systems Adapting Interdependently, or Just in Parts?

The purpose of any single part of an education system is realized only when those components are interconnected to achieve the vision of college- and career-readiness for every student.

March 29, 2013

Words that Fail Professional Learning

In the field of professional learning, there are words that hold us back. Language has power. Language is an indicator of a person's mental models, the theories or assumptions a person holds that drive his or her thoughts, words, and actions. Too many mental models about professional learning are inadequate to promote the changes in beliefs and practices necessary to achieve equity in education for every student. These inadequate mental models emerge in the design and execution of professional learning plans for Common Core implementation.

March 05, 2013

Teachers Aren't the Only Educators Who Need Support to Implement Changes

Changes of the scope of new standards, assessments, and educator effectiveness systems require extensive, widespread professional learning for every educator who shares responsibility for the success of these new initiatives.

January 28, 2013

What Are School Boards Asking About Common Core?

A local school board meeting yields insightful questions about the board's role in ensuring successful implementation of Common Core State Standards.

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