Human Capital Management
3 Human Capital Management Questions, Answered
You instinctively know that strategic human capital management – i.e. attracting, engaging, supporting and retaining great staff – leads to better student outcomes. But sometimes the weight of day-to-day tasks makes progress seem impossible – where do you even start?
From Staff Development to Professional Development to Professional Learning
My daughters are attending new schools this year, so I’ve been a nervous dad the past few weeks. How will they do? Will they make friends quickly? Will they learn and grow like we hope?Continue Reading
4 Simple Ways to Boost Educator Growth Every Day
With the start of a new school year almost upon us (or already here, depending on where you are), educators everywhere are gearing up — making preparations for students, polishing up lesson plans, training new hires and laying plans for the year.
6 Ingredients for Staff (and Student) Ownership in Education
Here’s something obvious but important: there’s a real difference between simply showing up and truly buying into the mission and vision of your organization. It’s true in business, and it’s true in schools. And in schools, cultivating employee ownership for that mission has an equally important partner: ensuring students are invested in their education.Continue Reading
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Focus Groups: Your Secret Weapon for Enhancing Professional Development Program Evaluation
Focus groups (FGs) -- essentially interactive, conversational group interviews -- are an underappreciated data collection strategy. When used well, they can provide rich, nuanced and actionable data for your professional development program evaluation. They are fairly easy to add to your repertoire and don’t require extensive planning or resources to carry out. They are often used in other contexts (e.g., market research, usability research) and are flexible enough to be used for different purposes (e.g., to inform the design of a product or service, to collect feedback about a website, to test potential survey questions or dig deeper into survey responses). FGs are best used along with other data collection strategies, such as surveys or interviews.Continue Reading
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Curriculum & Instruction: A 30,000 Foot View
It’s so important to understand the people you serve. Any good boss knows the needs of his employees. An excellent coach knows what motivates her team members. Teachers know what gifts and needs their students bring to the classroom. But it can also be helpful to hear about the experiences of counterparts — those who hold the same position you do — in other districts.Continue Reading
Why Include Student Voice in Professional Development?
Let me tell you what I got for Christmas. It was a banner year for me, at least in terms of what lay inside that shiny package I ripped open. There, inside a long, thin, triangular box, was a brand new, heavy, matte black, metal, 0.5mm rOtring mechanical pencil. Alongside it came a gorgeous leather cover for my beloved Field Notes.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
Get a Scholarship to the Learning Forward Academy — Here’s How to Apply
Are you passionate about supporting and leading professional learning within your organization? If so, you may be familiar with the Learning Forward Academy — a rich blended learning experience immersing participants in inquiry- and problem-based learning.Continue Reading
What Stood Out at Learning Forward 2018
Earlier this month, thousands of educators, school leaders, C&I and professional learning department heads and others descended on the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Dallas for the year’s premiere professional learning event: the annual Learning Forward conference.Continue Reading
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