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Building a Connected Professional Learning System

Building a Connected Professional Learning System

April 26, 2017 | Professional Development

When teachers have access to powerful professional learning opportunities, their students learn more, too. That’s not surprising—we know that great teaching can have an invaluable impact on a child’s life. But for many teachers, professional development continues to fall well short of expectations. The reasons for this are many. From…

3 Key Elements for High-Quality Professional Learning

April 26, 2017 | Professional Development

Glimpse into any classroom in the country, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see students interacting and working together, engaged in group projects or other forms of collaboration. But in the Fulton County Schools system in Atlanta, Georgia, it’s equally common to walk through a school building and see teachers…

How High-Quality Instructional Materials Can Drive Teacher Growth

April 5, 2017 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has been widely heralded in recent years as one of the nation’s fastest-improving urban public school districts. Most coverage has focused on the district’s strong and stable leadership and its sustained focus on educator effectiveness. But headlines fail to capture a significant innovation: DCPS…

Q&A: How Improvement Science Helps Teachers Grow

April 3, 2017

It’s no surprise that teachers all across the country are eager to learn and grow in their practice—and professional learning plays a critical role in preparing them to deliver high-quality instruction. But measuring the impact and effectiveness of professional learning is often easier said than done. That’s why New York…