Prioritized Meaning Making and Professional Learning

It’s far too easy these days to get distracted when thinking about any communication related to teachers, student learning, and schools. With the many optimistic tweeters sharing links to ideas and events that support their views, news reports of what’s wrong with schools and teachers, and entrepreneurs vying for my endorsement and selling their “one-of-a-kind”…

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Reflecting on the Standards for Professional Learning With One District Initiative In Mind

As the school year comes to a close, those of us responsible for evaluating program effectiveness are living between thoughtful reflection and forward planning. Alongside central staff and my coaching & curriculum colleagues here in the Waterford School District, we have been working collaboratively to ensure goals were met, professional opportunities measured, and momentum keeps…

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National Report on Teacher Agency

Monday, 14 March, 2016, Learning Forward released a national report on Teacher Agency.  You can find the report and other related information on http://learningforward.org/publications/teacher-agency#.VuA-iJMrKqC. Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) announced a competition that will invite teachers to submit written proposals for the best use of federal funding for professional learning…

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Leading From the Classroom-A New Look at School Improvement

By:  Jean Pingel, Amy Dow, Jennifer Newman, and Natalie Berkhousen, classroom teachers at Gateway Elementary School, St. Johns, MI Our Gateway North Leadership Team has spent the past two years working with Learning Forward Michigan on Leading From the Classroom. Leading from the Classroom is a two-year program designed to build teacher leaders’ capacity to…

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Why is high-quality professional learning important to you, 
and how has LFM supported you in this mission?

by Sara Trotter, Eton Academy I was asked to talk about professional learning. Within minutes of reflecting on “What does professional learning mean to me? Why do I value it?” I was tweeted a plug for my regular twitterchat, discussing “Changing Public Perception of Teachers” and I realized that I was living in a state of constant professional learning. I…

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Presence

It’s so easy to get discouraged and overwhelmed by all that has been happening in education lately, especially to the teaching profession. Some days it feels like all I’m doing as a teacher educator is hearing, reading, or bearing witness to the pain and joylessness that teachers are experiencing in the current climate of high…

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