Professional Growth

From Required to Inspired: Inside Culture Change in Professional Learning

In Hanover County Public Schools, there’s a shift happening… something bubbling up from deep within the Curriculum & Instruction Department. Something exciting.   In the past, teachers would complete their professional learning requirements in large part by participating in mandated sessions for two days every August. “The problem is,” says Dr. Steve Castle, Director of […]

Human Capital Management

How Professional Learning for Teachers Has Changed During the Pandemic

What happened to professional learning during the pandemic? The country has been rightly concerned about how much the pandemic has impacted student learning. As schools closed and classes went online, the effects were felt nationwide. Failure rates and dropout rates rose while standardized test scores and attendance and graduation rates fell, despite the remarkable efforts […]


A Collaborative Game Plan for Student Equity

Q: What happens when teachers work to ensure their students’ success but that success remains elusive? A: Frustration. I hear frustration from teachers when they feel they are not meeting the needs of their students. Teachers care deeply. They work diligently to meet their students’ needs. At the root of their concern, they may not […]

Professional Growth

How to Make Online Professional Learning Successful

Implementing professional learning programs to meet the needs of all teachers and staff has always been challenging. Over the past few months, a monumental shift has thrust many schools and districts into what feels like a tailspin: “We have to put together online personalized content using new resources and tools — as quickly as possible!” […]

Professional Growth

5 Ways Video Can Transform Classroom Instruction

Expand the classroom with video Educators often look at a new technology and wonder how it will support ongoing improvement in teaching practice. Will it be cost effective and easy to use? Early attempts to harness video weren’t always successful because, frankly, videos were hard to share in a useful context. But today, advanced video […]

Professional Growth

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. Micro-credentials are in fact an incredibly effective way to implement a competency-based learning […]

Professional Growth

How to Get the Most Out of Online Learning

Professional Growth

Q&A: Supporting Teachers in Professional Learning

Teacher engagement in professional learning is a topic we’ve talked about a fair amount at Frontline Education. How can school systems increase that engagement? And what does it look like to put teachers in control of their own professional development (PD)? Providing relevant, just-in-time PD opportunities is part of the answer — and online professional […]

Professional Growth

Learning Management Systems (LMS) versus Professional Development Management (PDMS)

Why native K-12 knowledge is necessary Though many organizations have heard the term “learning management system” (LMS), only those in the educational space have heard the term “professional development management system” (PDMS), and for good reason: the two do not perform the same functions or meet the same objectives. That matters to any educational organization considering […]

Talk Data to Me

A data-centric view on the challenges facing school districts

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: Hire Rates

According to a 2021 Frontline survey, about two-thirds of over 1,200 school and district administrators reported having a teacher shortage. Some districts experienced the teacher shortage worse than others. About half of the respondents reported difficulty filling jobs across all grade levels and subjects while the other half felt the effects of the shortage in […]

Teacher Absences & Subs

Talk Data to Me: Trends in Absence Management and Substitute Pools

Troubled by substitute shortages and low fill rates? You’re not alone. These are challenges faced by many districts, and for good reason. Substitute management is no walk in the park: a lot of different elements go into maintaining and managing a healthy substitute pool.   To overcome the challenges associated with the substitute shortage, districts […]

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage

The Frontline Research and Learning Institute recently published a research brief called “The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage”. Following a basic supply and demand economic model, the analysis investigates the quantity of candidates applying for jobs (supply) as well as the availability of open positions (demand). Trends show changes to both sides of the […]

Student Data

Talk Data to Me: Supporting the Health Needs of Students and Staff

In early April, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said that schools should be reopened and “full-fledged in person” come fall 2021, regardless of vaccination status. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona echoed this in early May, saying that he expects a full return for all students in the fall. With most states no longer placing restrictions on school […]

Front & Center

A series showcasing various leaders in the K-12 space