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Filtering by Tag: PD

Tench Tilghman’s strong school community gets students talking

Becky Frutos

Students first. Growth mindset. Always learning. Innovative thinking. Collaboration. Strong relationship building. These are the key elements that propel the work that is garnering results for student achievement at Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City, Maryland.

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Co-planning: An effective teacher development strategy

Becky Frutos

Video: Observations and PD are important tools to help teachers hone their craft. But Stephanie Gallegos, principal of Lake County Intermediate School in Colorado, takes it a step further. She sits down with teachers to plan literacy lessons side by side.

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Why leader learning matters

Sarah Tierney

As a school leader, you can get so focused on student learning that you overlook your own learning. But the instructional leadership team at MAS Charter School see a direct connection between leader learning and teachers’ and students’ achievement.

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Teachers drive their development at the Condon K-8 School

Becky Frutos

How do you make professional development more engaging and practical for teachers? Involve your teachers! At the Condon K-8 School in Boston, teachers design and facilitate their PD—and the impact on teacher investment and collaboration has been incredible.

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Advancing student learning with shorter, more frequent coaching sessions

Becky Frutos

At Mission Grammar School each week, every lead teacher receives, at minimum,  a 15-minute instructional observation and a corresponding 30-minute coaching conversation. Teachers and students are reaping the rewards.

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Leveraging assessments for instructional change

Becky Frutos

Most educators agree that assessments shouldn’t be a “departure from instruction” but, rather, an “integral part of it.” They’re on board with changing the conversation around assessments from student scores to what students have learned, and many agree that teachers should take the assessment. 


However, in light of the ever-increasing demands on the time of teachers and leaders, the questions become when can this work be done? And, is this work truly worth it? 

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The Wild West of open literacy resources: 1. Quality matters

Jeff Odell

We’ve all been there: You’re scrambling to prepare a lesson and you think, "Why reinvent the wheel? Let’s check the interwebs." You google your topic and…28,000,000 results pop up. How on Earth do you decide what might be worth using with your students?

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Integrating planning and PD saves time, gets results

Jeff Odell

If there’s one thing teachers and school leaders are short on, it’s time.

That's what led Marilyn McCottrell to streamline her sessions with her teachers. Instead of carving out separate times for professional development and curriculum planning, she’s found a way to enable teachers and leaders to tackle both of these critical aspects of their work at the same time.

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3 steps to productive coaching observations

Jeff Odell

Most of Isaac Castelaz’s professional development work doesn’t happen in a packed conference room or a post-observation debrief. It happens before he ever sets foot in a classroom to observe a lesson when he sits down to study and internalize the lesson himself.

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Developmental coaching: Small steps toward big, aligned goals

Jeff Odell

With all the time, energy, and money devoted to teacher development these days, school leaders—and everybody concerned about education—want to be sure it’s actually paying off in the form of improved teaching and learning.

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“We’re in this together”: Setting the stage for powerful adult learning

Jeff Odell

Creating learning opportunities for students is at the heart of what it means to be a teacher. But too often, we forget that it’s equally important that learning opportunities extend to teachers and leaders, too.

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Creating a “culture of error” to accelerate progress

Jeff Odell

Teachers rely on student errors to help guide their instruction and tailor support to what students need most. But how do teachers and leaders can get that same information about their own performance so they can be proactive when it comes to development?

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