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From the JSD: Focus Your Coaching Conversations

Building teachers’ skills to explore and design protocols can enhance their implementation and effectiveness as tools for professional learning. Learn how you can enrich coaching conversations. Download this article.

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Learning Forward has developed a professional learning guide using excerpts from the award-winning PBS documentary film, The Principal Story to illustrate the five key practices of effective principals.
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In a learning system, every educator in the district focuses intently on learning - at whatever level they serve. Becoming a Learning System offers district leaders a framework to guide decisions that promote continuous improvement. 
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Read the "Designing Professional Learning" report

Whether you're developing professional learning from scratch or enhancing an existing program this report provides detailed guidance on how to configure and evaluate learning models. Published by Learning Forward and AITSL.
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Be a professional learning advocate

How can policymakers ensure that every child experiences great teaching every day? Our Transforming Professional Learning initiative describes a comprehensive system of professional learning that spans from the statehouse to the classroom. 
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    July 16
    Come to Toronto for an institute that will strengthen your capacity to implement effective professional learning that gets results for teachers and students.
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    October 1
    Register today to save $50 off registration for the 2015 Annual Conference Dec. 5-9 in Washington, D.C.
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  • Fall Institute

    October 6
    Learning Forward’s Institutes offer intensive learning that digs deeper into the topics that matter to you.
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  • Planning for hot fun in the summertime!

    June 26, 2015
    We are lucky to work in a field with beginnings and endings, and it’s always a joy to watch our kindergartner or senior students graduate and move to the next level. While summer may mean slower days and vacation for some, it is also a valuable time for professional learning. Recently as I was planning a mini four-day vacation for my husband and me, I realized that planning for that trip and for professional learning are much the same.
  • Two common leadership mistakes that demotivate

    June 18, 2015
    Time after time, conversations with decision makers in successful organizations reveal the high value they place on the relationships they try to build among people. The focus on relationships is not to be taken lightly. Toxic relationships diminish capacity (Lewin and Regine, The Soul at Work, 1999). With multiple, increasingly complex initiatives, leaders in successful organizations generate their best work and results from the interactions they have with the people who work there. To create new solutions for challenging problems, they have to have these relationships to enlist the ability and creativity of the people in their schools.

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