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Text complexity drives ELA growth at Admiral King School

Jeff Odell

What targeted change can school leaders make to help ELA teachers—even those with two decades of classroom experience—transform their practice? At Admiral King Elementary in Lorain, Ohio, the answer is text complexity.

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Trust and transformation: Effective coaching relies on relationships.

Becky Frutos

High-quality coaching an equal, transparent partnership for leaders who would otherwise face new challenges alone. Coaches provide curriculum guidance, assessment preparation, staff evaluation, data analysis, and professional development. These can improve instruction and raise test scores.

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A day in the life of an instructional coach

Becky Frutos

Today, Angela’s on her way to visit Raleigh-Egypt Middle/High School. She’s built close relationships with many educators in the building over the past two years she’s coached them. Together, they’ve faced challenges and shared many successes. Among the successes—last year, Raleigh-Egypt jumped from a level 1 rating to a level 5.

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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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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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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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