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    JSD, April 2016: Literacy

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    Up close: Deep smarts start here

    • Make the connection.
    • What is an instructional framework?
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    Smart currency: Defining literacy in the modern age is crucial to building professional learning that prepares students for the knowledge economy.

    By Eric Celeste

    Our challenge is to understand what literacy is, how essential it is to learning, and therefore how important it is in the context of professional learning.

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    Power Plan: High school fine-tunes instruction to build reading strength and stamina.

    By Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

    To help students read more and better, teachers at a California high school incorporated three instructional additions to their literacy efforts.

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    Tailored for a perfect fit: Flexible templates promote standards alignment and teacher collaboration.

    By Linda Jacobson

    Literacy Design Collaborative's templates and tools support students in doing work aligned to the Common Core. In the process, teachers work with colleagues to refine the lessons and tasks to ensure they are asking students the right questions.

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    Common goal unites district: Leaders and teachers build literacy and a collective responsibility for student learning.

    By Joanna Michelson and James A. Bailey

    Wyoming's Uinta County School District #1 is engaging in literacy-focused professional learning in social studies, science, and vocational education. Here’s how the district got everyone on board and what they've learned along the way.

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    Literacy mash-up: Discipline-specific practices empower content-area teachers.

    By Hannah Dostal and Rachael Gabriel

    Explore a process for building teachers' capacity to identify, develop, and engage in discipline-specific literacy instruction that supports both content and literacy aims.

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    Delicate layers of learning: Achieving disciplinary literacy requires continuous, collaborative adjustment.

    By Jacy Ippolito, Christina L. Dobbs, Megin Charner-Laird, and Joshua F. Lawrence

    Explicit professional learning about disciplinary literacy combined with tools that increase collaborative capacity form a powerful combination that leads to inventive and invested participation in implementing disciplinary literacy in a variety of classrooms.

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    Dive into the deep end: Anchor texts build understanding of complex ideas.

    By Diane P. Zimmerman, Katrina M. Litzau, and Vicki L. Murray

    Professional learning based on anchor texts uses pivotal texts selected to anchor a complex set of ideas. When the anchor text is paired with short readings, the discourse among learners deepens understanding and moves theory into practice.

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    The view from the principal’s office: An observation protocol boosts literacy leadership.

    By Sandi Novak and Bonnie Houck

    Minnesota principals use the literacy classroom visit to gather data on the status of literacy teaching and student learning, then draw on the data to discuss the strengths and needs of a school community using broad data patterns that focus on the school or district, not on individual teachers.

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    The power of teacher agency: Why we must transform professional learning so that it really supports educator learning.

    By Laurie Calvert

    How can schools and systems bridge the gap between the professional learning teachers need and what they are getting? The key is teacher agency — the capacity of teachers to direct their professional growth and contribute to the growth of their colleagues.

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    From the editor

    By Tracy Crow

    Are you professional learning literate?

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    Essentials: Keeping up with hot topics in the field

    • Evaluating evaluations
    • Feedback tools
    • Professional learning success
    • From improvement to learning
    • Deeper learning
    • Common Core support
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    Lessons from research

    By Joellen Killion

    Changes in coaching study design shed light on how features impact teacher practice.

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    • Agents for Learning competition
    • On Board
    • Book Club
    • Foundation seeks your stories

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    Speak up for better learning.

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    From the director

    By Stephanie Hirsh

    With a continuous improvement mindset, we can achieve equity and excellence.

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