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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…

Q&A: Spotlight on Observational Inquiry

September 27, 2016 | Professional Development

An Interview with Teacher Advisory Council 3 Member Andrea Quintana Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) is a volunteer body made up of educators from around the country who meet in-person with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s education team in Seattle twice a year. TAC members participate in working sessions that…

The Perfect Match: What Happens When Teachers Join Forces to Up Their Skills

April 5, 2016 | Professional Development

By Steve Cantrell Every teacher has strengths and weaknesses—so what happens when teachers who are weak in some areas pair with teachers who are strong in those areas to share their skills? Findings from an initiative developed by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) suggest that when teachers work together,…