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Flannagan, J. S. & Kelly, M. (2009). Differentiated Support. Principal Leadership.

In order for all teachers to receive continuous learning experiences, professional development and support must be differentiated based on teacher need. This guide discusses responsive professional development and steps necessary to implement professional development based on an individual teacher’s needs.

 

 

 

Click to open resource. Sawchuk, S. (2010). Professional Development: Sorting Through the Jumble to Achieve Success. Education Week. This report summarizes recent research on effective professional development including findings on summer institutes, embedded professional development, and ways to allocate funding for professional development. The report includes several case studies focusing on teachers’ perspectives of professional development.

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Rodríguez, R. G., López del Bosque, R., & Villarreal, A. (2008). Creating Culturally Responsive Parent Engagement. Intercultural Development Research Association.

Viewing parent involvement from a culturally responsive perspective, the article includes strategies to encourage educators to reflect on their practices to involve parents and make space for effective family engagement.

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Ferlazzo, L. (2011). Involvement or Engagement?. ASCD.

To create the kinds of school-family partnerships that raise student achievement, improve local communities, and increase public support, educators need to understand the difference between family involvement and family engagement. This article discusses how to expand meaningful possibilities for partnerships with families.

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Thao, M. (2009). Parent involvement in school: Engaging immigrant parents. Wilder Research. Effective strategies for, and common barriers to, engaging immigrant families are discussed.  This resource is designed to reduce barriers and help immigrant parents demonstrate the value of education to their children.

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Horn, M. B. & Staker, H. (2011). The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning. Innosight Institute.

Most of the growth is in online learning is occurring in blended-learning environments, in which students learn online in an adult-supervised environment at least part of the time. As this happens, online learning has the potential to transform America’s education system by serving as the backbone of a system that offers more personalized learning approaches for all students. Tips and strategies to incorporate blended learning into the school environment are included in this report.

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Danielson, C. (2007). The Many Faces of Leadership. Educational Leadership; ASCD.

Building a collaborative school culture is not possible without the help of effective teacher leaders. In this research report, the author explains the power of good teacher leadership in building collaboration and provides several conditions that promote leadership.