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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?”
6 Questions to Ask About New Professional Learning Opportunities
Each day, nearly 12,000 students walk into classrooms at Jenks Public Schools. Sitting just south of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the district places a strong emphasis on academic performance — a focus that stems from serving students for more than a century.Continue Reading
Teacher Absences & Subs
Recovery & Innovation After Disaster: Livingston Parish’s Story
In August 2016, the town of Livingston was hit with severe flooding. Within 24 hours, the district received 33 inches of rain, leading to floods ranging from two inches to nine feet. Repairing the damage to the 17 flooded schools was estimated to cost up to $350 million, 90 percent of which would be covered by FEMA. However, Livingston Parish was still responsible for funding for the remaining ten percent — a difficult mandate for a district with an annual budget of about $250 million.
Dr. Jim Knight: Videotaping Lessons as Professional Development for Teachers
Dr. Jim Knight is widely known in the world of instructional coaching. He is president of the Instructional Coaching Group, and author of such books as The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching and High-Impact Instruction: A Framework for Great Teaching.Continue Reading
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11 Ways to Get Teacher Buy-in to Micro-credentials
Micro-credentials have been making waves in schools around the country for several years now. Maybe you’ve had the opportunity to earn them, or see them implemented into professional learning programs.Continue Reading
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Moving Toward Action: Cultivating a Diverse Teacher Workforce
Time after time, study after study, research has shown that a more diverse teacher workforce positively impacts student outcomes. But students of color aren’t the only ones who benefit — diverse teachers and leaders can serve as positive role models and challenge stereotypes for all students.Continue Reading
What School Nurses Want You to Consider Before Re-Opening K-12 Schools During COVID-19
Robin Cogan is a school nurse in Camden, NJ and the author of the blog The Relentless School Nurse. In a recent episode of Frontline’s Field Trip podcast, Robin discussed questions school leaders would need to answer as they consider re-opening. Where do kids go when they don’t feel well, skin their knees, or have a sore throat while at school? To see the nurse, of course. But when schools begin to re-open this fall, school is going to be a much different place.Continue Reading
Professional Development for Principals
When you talk about employee evaluations in K-12, the first thing most people think is “teachers.” That’s true at Franklin Public Schools in Wisconsin, too. But as they work to build the capacity of teachers in the district, they also place a strong emphasis on developing principals — especially on equipping them to be strong instructional leaders.Continue Reading
Teacher Leadership and Personalized Professional Learning at Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Janene Gorham is the Director of Teacher Leading and Learning at Virginia Beach City Public Schools. In this blog post and podcast, she shares how competency-based professional development, design thinking and an innovative teacher leadership initiative are helping to provide personalized learning for students.Continue Reading
Podcast: Special Education Software Companies as District Partners
Does the road to choosing successful ed-tech seem bumpier for special education programs than it does for other areas of K-12? If yes, is that only because of state compliance regulations? Or is it something else?Continue Reading
Are Teacher Evaluations Worth It?
Dr. James Stronge on the Gates Foundation’s Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative.Continue Reading