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Victorian Institute of Teaching. (N.D.) The Effect of the Physical Learning Environment on Teaching and Learning.

Research has shown that the physical environment of students learning environment does effect achievement. Significant improvements in the learning environment attributed to better attitudes for teaching and learning.

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Lippman, P. (2010) Can the Physical Environment have an Impact on the Learning Environment? OECD.

This report challenges traditional architectural designs for learning environments.  A  responsive design approach moves away from teacher centered learning and creates learning spaces that are conducive to social interaction and use of 21st century technology.

 

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Boyd-Dimock, V. & McGree, K. M. (N.D.)  Leading Change from the Classroom: Teachers as Leaders. SEDL. 

As the movement to restructure schools continues, teachers are increasingly being called upon to provide leadership in schools. This  article  describes what teacher leaders do, stories from the field, and the conditions necessary for teacher leadership to occur.

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Cronin, A. (2014) DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup. Edutopia.

This article lists an abundance of ways to access professional development without leaving your home. Technology allows educators access to online webinars, professional learning networks (PLN), and other tools that help teachers connect, learn, and grow as professionals.

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Danielson, C. (2010-11) Evaluations that Help Teachers Learn. ASCD.

Many evaluation models are outdated and do not serve to help teachers grow as professionals. Danielson provides insights on how to ensure teacher quality and promote professional development through evaluation.  This article presents two challenges to consider: the need for trained evaluators and time to have professional conversations.

 

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The MET Project. (2014) Building Trust in Observations: A Blueprint for Improving Systems to Support Great Teaching.  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This how-to tool will help states and districts evaluate the current status of their evaluation tool and then develop plans for continual improvement of their observation system regardless of where they are in implementation. Action steps are included to improve observation rubrics, observer training, observer assessment, and monitoring.

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The MET Project (N.D.) Feedback for Better Teaching: Nine Principles for Using Measures of Effective Teaching. The Gates Foundation.

This brief highlights a set of guiding principles from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to inform the design and implementation of high-quality teacher support and evaluation systems based on three years of work by the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, its partners, and other leading school systems and organizations.

 

 

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Britt, M. & Raine, E. (N.D.) Clarence Edwards Middle School: Success Through Transformation. Massachusetts 2020 & the National Center on Time and Learning.

This case study sheds light on how one struggling school that was labeled a failing school became on of the best performing schools in Massachusetts.  Teachers, union leaders, community members, administrators, and parents worked together to change the length of the school day to meet student needs.