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?”
Top 3 Barriers to Data Interoperability in K12
What steps should you take to activate efficient and consistent data-based decision-making in your district? For district technology teams, this is not an easy question to answer.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.
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
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The Experts Are in the Room: Engaging in Effective Professional Development
Frontline Research & Learning Institute’s first installment of a new report series, Bridging the Gap, analyzes anonymized data from Frontline Professional Growth in light of the Every Student Succeeds Act’s definition of effective professional development.Continue Reading
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Do Approved ESSA Plans Meet the Multi-tiered Systems of Support Requirement?
Now that all 50 ESSA plans have been approved by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, we have a clearer window into each state's accountability roadmap and goals, including strategies to meet the requirement of providing struggling learners with evidence-based interventions.Continue Reading
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
Paddling Through ESSA: 5 Next Steps for Professional Learning
With one hand grasping tightly to summer and the mind dabbling in thoughts of back-to-school, we’re in that gray area that is late July. While in some regions kids will transform once again into students next week, others grin with the belief that Labor Day is still far, far away.Continue Reading
Why Is Effective Professional Learning so Elusive?
It happens to all of us, every day. Even though we know the “correct” course of action, we take the path of least resistance. We may even have a reasonable excuse. You know the drill: I know I should get up early to go to the gym. But it’s been a tough week at work – I deserve the extra rest. Then we’re surprised when we don’t get the desired results, because while the excuse may be valid, it doesn’t help us stay in shape.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
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.Continue Reading