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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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Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium. (N.D.) Teacher Leader Model Standards.

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.

 

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Chan, R. (n.d.) Transforming Schools through Expanded Learning Time: Tumbleweed Elementary School. National Center on Time and Learning.

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.

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Kaplan, C., Chan, R., Farbman, D., Novoryta, A. (n.d.) Time for Teachers: Leveraging Expanded Time to Strengthen Instruction and Empower Teachers.  The National Center on Time and Learning.

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.

Morrissey, M.S. (2000.) Professional Learning Communities: An Ongoing Exploration. Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.

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.

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Thompson, M. & Goe, L. (2009). Models for Effective and Scalable Teacher Professional Development. Educational Testing Service.

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®.

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National Education Association. (2006). Professional Community & Professional Development. National Education Association.

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.

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Pappas, P. (2009). A Guide to Designing Effective Professional Development: Essential Questions for the Successful Staff Developer. Dedicated to relinquishing responsibility for learning to the students.

All professional development should model what administration would like to see in the classroom. This blog includes a few questions for consideration by professional development planners.