7 Things You Should Know About Micro-credentials
Micro-credentials are picking up steam in the professional learning world. From what you’ve heard, you might think of them as merely a series of badges learners can earn (more on that later). But there is far more to micro-credentials than that.
3 Ways Evaluating Your Classified Staff Can Make a Positive Difference in Your School (and Where to Start)
It was always cold when I walked to the bus stop, at least in my memory. Down the hill to the corner store, fumbling with a cassette for my Walkman, lugging a far-too-heavy backpack. Every day of the school year, Ms. Nuse was the first school employee I’d see, and at the end of the day, the last one, too. She was no nonsense, but kind. She drove bus 23.Continue Reading
Evaluating Professional Development for Teachers? Evaluation Questions Are the Linchpin.
Evaluation questions form the cornerstone of professional development program evaluation. They both frame and focus the work, pointing us in the right direction for data collection. After all, how would we know what data to collect, and from whom, if we haven’t settled on the questions we’re asking? Crafting the right questions for a particular evaluation project is critical to an effective evaluation effort.
A Boatload of Handy Resources on Professional Learning & ESSA Requirements
Though the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was passed two years ago, daily headlines about the law continue to pop up in our news feeds as the Department of Education reviews state implementation plans. With the law’s implications for professional learning, it’s intriguing to see how states and districts are structuring PD programs to meet ESSA requirements.Continue Reading
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Interview: How Should U.S. Student Achievement Results Inform Professional Development for Teachers?
As states submit ESSA plans, student achievement goals are again under the microscope. And earlier this year, the Pew Research Center highlighted results showing that U.S. student achievement trails behind that of many other developed countries.Continue Reading
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Report: Data-Driven and Classroom-Focused Professional Development
How well are school systems in America measuring up to ESSA’s definition of professional development? Is professional learning “data-driven” and “classroom-focused”? That question is at the heart of Bridging the Gap, a series of reports from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute. Bridging the Gap looks at anonymized data from the professional development experiences of educators across the country and asks, “How close are we to this ideal?”Continue Reading
The Three E’s of ESSA
Last month we released the first episode of “What you need to know about ESSA,” a four-part podcast series dedicated to helping school and district leaders implement the Every Student Succeeds Act to maximize the opportunity to customize their efforts to meet their own students’ needs.Continue Reading
Podcast: ESSA vs. NCLB – What’s Different?
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replacing the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.Continue Reading
How The Every Student Succeeds Act Impacts Professional Development: Collaborative and Job-Embedded
Are you looking for ways to measure and refine your professional learning program? Are you comfortable with the ESSA definitions of professional development? Curious how to make meaningful changes to foster collaboration among your staff and truly offer job-embedded learning?Continue Reading
The Case Against Cutting Off Our Teacher Talent Pipeline
President Trump’s budget proposes massive spending cuts to critical—but often overlooked—funding for the preparation, training and recruitment of high-quality teachers. Title IIa of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, funded at over $2 billion for the last 15 years, including upwards of $2.9 billion under the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act, would be cut to nothing.Continue Reading
Professional Development for Teachers: What’s Important About ESSA’s Definition?
With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), one sentence in particular has gotten the attention of educators who work in professional learning: The term ‘professional development’ means activities that … are sustained (not stand-alone, 1-day, or short-term workshops), intensive, collaborative, job-embedded, data-driven, and classroom-focused.Continue Reading