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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Job Embedded Professional Learning

As an active stakeholder in the development of Michigan’s Professional Learning Standards and Policy, Learning Forward MI (LFM) stays committed to ensuring that every Michigan educator engages in effective professional learning every day. Learning Forward Michigan is the state affiliate of the international organization Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council). Our mission is…

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The creation of a collaborative culture requires skillful leadership

By Dennis Sparks Teacher isolation is so deeply ingrained in the traditional fabric of schools that leaders cannot simply invite teachers to create a collaborative culture. They must identify and implement specific, strategic interventions that help teachers work together rather than alone. —Richard DuFour If the goal is quality teaching in all classrooms for the…

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Listening to Teachers

by Cynthia Carver, Associate Professor, Oakland University, LFM Past President Earlier this year, I submitted a blog post titled “Defining Teacher Leadership: A Needed Conversation.” In that post, I argued the importance of taking time to talk with stakeholders about their understandings – of teaching, of learning, and of leadership – as a critical first step…

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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…

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Defining Teacher Leadership: A Needed Conversation

by Cynthia Carver, Oakland University This is an exciting time to be a teacher leader! Increasingly, states are adopting teacher leadership endorsements and districts are finding ways to recognize teacher leaders for a variety of formal and informal roles, from new teacher mentor and literacy coach, to department chair and school improvement coordinator. In Michigan,…

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Online Professional Learning

Welcome to another year of the Learning Forward MI Newsletter! The articles in this fall’s newsletter are designed to help you weigh the advantages and disadvantages of online professional learning. From web-based discussion groups to classroom simulations, games, ear-bud coaching and video capturing – online professional learning is championed for its convenience, affordability, and flexibility….

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