By Dennis Sparks I am deeply puzzled about why decade after decade professional development remains at unacceptably low levels for far too many teachers and administrators. More precisely, why […]
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?” […]
As we settle into the 2014-15 school year, there seems an energizing rise of new tools, new structures, and new opportunities to hone our skills and advance our craft as […]
Longstanding members of Learning Forward Michigan will notice that we are moving from a static newsletter to an interactive, multi-author blog for delivering the latest on professional learning in Michigan. […]
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 […]
The most promising strategy for sustained, substantive school improvement is building the capacity of school personnel to function as a professional learning community. (Schmoker, 2010, p.1) Effective professional learning must […]
It does not take a mind reader to grasp the “don’t waste our time” mentality of teachers faced with mandatory professional learning. Recent legislative actions to quantify teacher value via […]
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