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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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Killion, J. (2013) Establishing Time for Professional Learning. Learning Forward.

Time is a valuable resource that is needed for professional learning. This how-to report provides research, tools, and strategies on how to embed time for professional learning within the school day.

 

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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.

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Meyer, G. (2005) On Time and How to Get More of It. National Institute for Urban School Improvement.

As the demands on teachers increase, the question is how to find more time for teachers to be able to meet those demands.  This brief looks at possibilities on how we might create more time within the day for teachers to plan, collaborate, and meet student needs.

To supplement our online tools and resources for participants to enhance work on school improvement planning, NTC also built a series of eight 90-minute supplemental training sessions. These are built to introduce school level educators to survey results and help make connections between those results and conditions in schools. With only 90 minutes to provide instruction virtually, these sessions are not intended to solve systemic challenges at the school level, but are a great start to informing your school improvement efforts.

Online 90-minute training: Supporting Students with Academic English Needs

  1. Define students who have Academic English learning needs
  2. Explore strategies to support the development of Academic English competency

Interested in participating? For more information, including a sign up, click here.

To supplement our online tools and resources for participants to enhance work on school improvement planning, NTC also built a series of eight 90-minute supplemental training sessions. These are built to introduce school level educators to survey results and help make connections between those results and conditions in schools. With only 90 minutes to provide instruction virtually, these sessions are not intended to solve systemic challenges at the school level, but are a great start to informing your school improvement efforts.

Online 90-minute training: Effective Professional Development

  1. Reflect on attributes of a positive and challenging personal professional development experience
  2. Identifying what makes professional development effective
  3. Consider a model of teacher development
  4. Review current actions/systems and next steps for your professional development opportunities
  5. Examine resources to support the development and maintenance of effective professional development

Interested in participating? For more information, including a sign up, click here.

 

To supplement our online tools and resources for participants to enhance work on school improvement planning, NTC also built a series of eight 90-minute supplemental training sessions. These are built to introduce school level educators to survey results and help make connections between those results and conditions in schools. With only 90 minutes to provide instruction virtually, these sessions are not intended to solve systemic challenges at the school level, but are a great start to informing your school improvement efforts.

Online 90-minute training: Differentiated Instruction

Participants in this class will:

  1. Examine 5 key components of differentiation as defined by Carol Ann Tomlinson
  2. Consider strategies to utilize the 5 components of differentiation
  3. Deepen the understanding of the role of assessment in differentiation
  4. Explore the potential of the Knowing Students tool to support differentiation

Interested in participating? For more information, including a sign up, click here.