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Straight from Educators: What Makes Great Schools Tick

July 26, 2017 | Professional Development

Teachers have an up-close view of schools in action—and they have firsthand knowledge of how the systems within a school can help them and their students succeed. That’s why we asked a group of teachers and teacher-leaders for their thoughts on what these systems mean to them and how leaders…

A Teacher Talks About the Importance of Giving Students Agency in Their Learning

July 26, 2017 | Student Achievement

Meet Ben Owens. Ben is a charismatic teacher-leader who aspires to instill his passion for math and physics in his students. He has seen how shifting the attention from his voice to his students’ voices can lead to higher levels of engagement and performance in the classroom. In this video,…

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Q&A: Connected Professional Learning in Practice

July 26, 2017 | Professional Development

Leaders in successful school systems know that professional learning is more powerful when it’s connected with and embedded within a teacher’s everyday work, such as understanding the curriculum and planning lessons that engage students. Igniting the Learning Engine, a recent report from Education Resource Strategies, spotlights school systems that are…

3 High-Impact Ways Leadership Teams Use Data to Improve Their Schools

June 27, 2017 | Curriculum & Instructional ToolsProfessional DevelopmentStudent Achievement

Last month, we looked at how distributed leadership teams can create the conditions for positive change within schools. One of the key ways they do this is by studying data and using insights from that data to drive their improvement efforts. What does this cycle of data-driven improvement look like…