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    JSD, June 2014: The 3 r's of summer: Read, reflect, renew



    Up close: Deep smarts start hereDownloadNow_small

    • Fill your summer with learning
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    Workplace wisdom: What educators can learn from the business worldDownloadNow_small
    By Sheri S. Williams and John W. Williams

    What lessons can we learn from business to support and advocate for educator learning? Mentoring, collaboration, and leadership are keys to building educator capacity and responding to the needs of diverse students.

    4 schools, 1 goal: University-district partnership nets results for struggling readersDownloadNow_small
    By Rosemarye T. Taylor and William R. Gordon II

    Educators working together in a professional learning community boost reading achievement in four central Florida high schools as part of a two-year initiative with a university partner.

    Bridge builders: Teacher leaders forge connections and bring coherence to literacy initiativeDownloadNow_small
    By Jacy Ippolito, Christina L. Dobbs, and Megin Charner-Laird

    An initiative to improve the content-area literacy skills of all students at a Massachusetts high school demonstrates the important role teacher leaders play in bridging the various elements of school improvement efforts.
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    The secret to great coaching: Inquiry method helps teachers take ownership of their learningDownloadNow_small
    By Les Foltos

    Instead of playing the role of expert too often, successful coaches use norms, probing questions, and effective inquiry to ensure that their peers develop the capacity to improve their practice.

    Beyond the core: Peer observation brings Common Core to vocational and electives classesDownloadNow_small
    By Harriette Thurber Rasmussen

    Peer observation followed by data-driven conversations leads vocational and electives teachers in a small, rural high school in Washington to explore and implement new practices in their classrooms related to Common Core.


    From the editor: The pause that refreshesDownloadNow_small
    By Tracy Crow

    Take a moment to reflect to let your brain soak in new knowledge.
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    Essentials: Keeping up with hot topics in the fieldDownloadNow_small

    • Partnerships
    • Future of teaching
    • Data use
    • School leaders
    • Career pathways
    • Path to implementation
    • Time for learning


    IC maps for external roles.
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    Lessons from researchDownloadNow_small
    By Joellen Killion

    Research on K-12 math professional development falls short.
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    From the director: Learning from the heart this summer DownloadNow_small
    By Stephanie Hirsh

    Attend to matters of the heart as you implement new change efforts.
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    One person’s Academy experience shifts a district’s approach to learningDownloadNow_small
    By Hayes Mizell

    Participating in Learning Forward’s Academy gives the superintendent of a challenged district the tools she needs to implement and expand high-quality professional learning.
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    Safe passages: Happy with your professional learning? That’s not enough.DownloadNow_small
    By Frederick Brown

    It’s not enough to deliver new and improved professional learning that makes teachers happy. Engage individuals in their own learning, use a standards-based system to ensure implementation, and leave educators ready to practice their new learning.
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    The instructor’s balancing act: What qualities are critical for effective professional learning?DownloadNow_small
    By Jenni Iwanski

    A workshop for bilingual teachers illustrates the instructor’s beliefs about effective adult learning by balancing teaching with learning, accepting all learners, and putting teachers in the role of students.
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    Track data. Tweak instruction. Repeat: A constant focus on student progress boosts achievement in Texas districtDownloadNow_small
    By Valerie von Frank

    A district’s proactive approach to using data has resulted in steadily improving student achievement for a decade — with a student population that is mostly poor, highly mobile, nearly all students of color, and includes a large number of English language learners.