We Need To Rethink Feedback: Shifting from Evaluative to Learning-Focused

Originally posted February 24, 2017 Picture this scenario—you’ve found yourself asked to provide feedback to an aspiring Olympic downhill skier. You’ve never skied before nor have you studied any of the technical side to downhill skiing. How do you focus your feedback? Well, I can offer some possible conclusions of what might happen based on a…

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Big Questions and Culture Work: JEPL (Job Embedded Professional Learning)

by Lauren Childs Originally posted December 17, 2016 Job-embedded Professional Learning (JEPL) I drove to the second fall gathering of the JEPL network with an eagerness for the day’s conversations and with a sense of impatience to see the next steps for strengthening the efforts of this committed, proactive, and thoughtful group of school leaders. My…

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EdWeek Teacher: Focus Professional Learning Communities on Curriculum

EdWeek Teacher: Focus Professional Learning Communities on Curriculum Research has found that high-quality curricula have a significant impact on student achievement (Steiner, 2017; Chingos & Whitehurst, 2012). But a curriculum is not effective on its own. It requires teachers who understand it and use it with intentionality and professional judgment. Click the link above to…

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EdWeek Teacher: It’s Not How Long You Spend in PD, It’s How Much You Grow

Education Week Teacher: It’s Not How Long You Spend in PD, It’s How Much You Grow The research is clear: The “sit ‘n’ get” model of professional development doesn’t work. Yet the majority of states continue to base the requirements for maintaining a teaching license on clock hours or seat time. And very often that…

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Beyond “Job Embedded”

Ensuring that Good Professional Development Gets Results, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching Two recent studies have finally demonstrated that “job-embedded, sustained professional development” can significantly improve student achievement. But there’s a catch. In both studies, effective professional development (PD) strategies were successful only under certain circumstances or only in some schools and classrooms. The…

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Coaching Services

Overview Instructional coaches are an invaluable resource in any learning system. Coaches have the power to influence teaching, student learning, and school culture. Effective coaches can ensure that 90% of staff learning transfers to the classroom. Learning Forward’s Coaches Academy provides comprehensive learning and ongoing support for your system’s coaches and the leaders who support…

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Big Questions and Culture Work: JEPL (Job Embedded Professional Learning)

by Lauren Childs Job-embedded Professional Learning (JEPL) I drove to the second fall gathering of the JEPL network with an eagerness for the day’s conversations and with a sense of impatience to see the next steps for strengthening the efforts of this committed, proactive, and thoughtful group of school leaders. My excitement this crisp morning was…

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