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Senior Program Associate – Job Posting for MDE

September 11th, 2018

Topic: Uncategorized

Do you know someone who loves students and would make a good Senior Program Associate? Check out this position – If you have a friend or colleague who would fit well in this role, send the link to them!

Why Collaborative Inquiry? Professional Learning That Works!

July 11th, 2018

Join as a leader of your district for your learning or with a team to learn about the value of Collaborative Inquiry and how it can work for you! This is a great opportunity around blended learning! Check out our flyer Sessions start October 4, 2018 and ends April 9, 2019. Blended live sessions between...

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

April 2nd, 2018

Topic: Blog, Feedback

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...

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

April 2nd, 2018

Topic: Blog, Job-Embedded

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...

Students Leading the Way

March 26th, 2018

Topic: Blog, Collaboration

Author: Judy Walton, Chief Innovation Officer, Forest Hills Public Schools Originally posted October 19, 2016. Background: During a two week trip to Australia, Judy visited several schools as a part of her interest and study on the topic of student voice. This particular post is of interest because of how student voice influences the professional...

EdWeek Teacher: Focus Professional Learning Communities on Curriculum

February 27th, 2018

Topic: Curriculum, Professional Learning Communities

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...

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

February 20th, 2018

Topic: Professional Development

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...

Beyond “Job Embedded”

February 19th, 2018

Topic: Professional Development

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...