5 Keys to Understanding Online Learning
You’ve probably heard a lot of terms around online learning like synchronous and asynchronous, on demand, blended, eLearning, and if you’re really paying attention, LMS and SCORM. It probably feels like a lot to learn for something that’s just an augmentation to face-to-face learning, right?
A Massive Difference: How District Support Impacts Professional Development for Teachers
One conundrum that isn’t new to K-12 district and building leaders: “Why aren’t our teachers more engaged in the professional development opportunities that we provide?” It’s a good question — professional learning departments work tirelessly to provide activities and learning opportunities that meet teachers’ needs, help to advance their strengths and ultimately impact student outcomes. Why aren’t teachers more engaged?Continue Reading
How to Apply for a Frontline Scholarship to the Learning Forward Academy
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.
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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Flipped Professional Learning in K-12: A Crash Course
You know how creative learning strategies help your students learn. You see the benefits when students absorb teaching outside of classroom time, then come together with teachers and classmates to practice and apply what they’ve learned. Trying (and sometimes failing) in a safe place solidifies the lesson. “Flipped learning” is clearly good for students. Why don’t we offer it for our teachers?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
Video for Self-Reflection and Peer Feedback: First Steps
1998 was my first summer away from home. Backpacking through Europe was a bit out of reach, so instead I found myself working as a camp counselor. It had everything you’d expect: campfires, massive games of Capture the Flag, goofy songs, lots of laughter.Continue Reading
3 Ways for Experienced Educators to Support New Teachers
Public schools in America have a lot of new teachers. That’s according to data from the U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights. Education Week took a closer look at that data in an article published last week, and the results are eye-opening:Continue Reading
If Retention Is the Answer to Teacher Shortages, Talent Management Is the Solution
The recent Learning Policy Institute (LPI) reports on teacher shortages have gotten a lot of attention nationally, from Education Week to NPR to the Washington Post. And with good reason; LPI’s comprehensive analysis casts “the emerging teacher shortage,” as characterized by the reports, in stark light: we face a crisis in the making. Our own forthcoming annual report on teacher shortages, based on a survey of instructional leaders across the country, only reinforces this finding.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
Flip Your Professional Development
In a time when all can agree that quality professional development (PD) experiences are invaluable, it is harder to get stakeholders to agree on what constitutes quality and what type of PD experiences are likely to be effective. One emerging trend is a “flipped PD” model that is a perfect fit for busy schedules and differentiated learning needs, while making the most of collaboration. Let’s examine existing models and compare them with “flipped PD.”Continue Reading