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.
Leadership by teachers is essential to meeting the needs of students and supporting education professionals. The Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium developed these standards to promote and support teachers leadership as a vehicle to transform schools for the 21st century.
This case study highlights the changes made to turnaround a low performing elementary school in a high poverty area. The 3 main changes: extended learning time for students, additional planning time for teachers, and professional development that focused on collaboration.
This report/case study explores six specific practices that highly effective schools utilize. Practices explored in this report include: collaborative planning, embedded professional development, summer trainings, data analysis, coaching, and peer observation.
The paper examines professional learning communities, the components that comprise them, current literature references, and connections to school improvement planning. There is also a section on steps schools can take to prepare for developing effective professional learning communities.
Drawing on learning theory, expertise research, and research on effective professional development, this paper presents the theoretical and empirical basis behind an evolving program of professional development that employs school-embedded teacher learning communities as a central component, called Keeping Learning on Track®.
This brief provides a research-based blueprint for teacher learning, including the goals it can serve, strategic content priorities, and effective approaches or strategies. In “learning centered” schools—where there is an emphasis on both student and teacher learning—teacher professional communities are the hub of a learning system that focuses on instructional improvement. These communities are strategically linked with various other modes of professional development within and outside the school.