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.
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
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.
5 Strategies to Make Professional Learning for Teachers More Effective
Each morning, thousands of students step out of cars or bounce off buses into their classrooms at a suburban school district not far from Rochester, New York. With 17 schools and over 3,500 teachers and staff, the team that facilitates professional learning has an incredible opportunity to make a lasting impact on the education each student receives.Continue Reading
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Better Teaching Through Evaluations
The whirlwind 18 months since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) became law have brought no small amount of buzz. Much of it concerns teacher evaluations — specifically because with ESSA, the federal government handed a fair amount of power back to the states in determining how to conduct them.Continue Reading
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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
Learning Management Systems (LMS) versus Professional Development Management (PDMS)
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 which type of system they need.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
Why are teachers leaving the education profession?
Teachers are the salt of the earth. Few other roles focus so exclusively on improving the world, on building up the next generation. Few influential figures can’t recall with fondness at least one educator who played a large role in shaping the course of their lives.Continue Reading