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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…

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…

A Rural District’s Path to Student Success

March 11, 2016 | Professional Development

By Kathryn Hunt When the South Bend School District in Washington State gave the district’s 39 teachers $500 each to pursue individual professional development linked to their specific goals, Julie Haugan knew just what she wanted to do.  An English teacher, she enrolled in a university class for Advanced Placement…

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…