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How Teachers are Owning Their Professional Learning

The Power of Time: How Teachers in Fresno Are Owning Their Professional Learning

April 5, 2016 | Professional Development

When it comes to professional development, teachers are the experts on what works and what doesn’t. But teachers often face insufficient time and inadequate resources, making their desire for meaningful professional learning experiences fall short of reality. Our teachers—and our students—deserve better. As one of 14 districts and charter management…

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,…

Teachers Know Best: Teachers’ Views on Professional Development

August 6, 2015 | Professional Development

Teachers want and need support to develop their practice so that their students can succeed. In most places, that support falls under the auspices of professional development, a broad umbrella that includes everything from one-time workshops to online research, coaching, and collaborative time teachers spend with each other in professional…

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Teacher Practice Networks Collaborate to Advance Standards-Aligned Practices

December 11, 2017 | Professional DevelopmentStudent AchievementWhat We’re Learning

Research shows that teachers learn best from each other, and that a school leadership model that leverages teacher leadership can positively impact instruction. Why not turn to teachers to help lead in the area they know best? School leadership should include teacher leaders as part of the solution to improving…