JSD, April 2012, Vol. 33, No. 2

Jun 30, 2012

Published on April 1, 2012

At issue

Up close: Deep smarts start here  (read article)

  • Connecting the standards
  • Reaching for the highest gains
  • The implementation dip

Winning strategy: Set benchmarks of early success to build momentum for the long term  (read article)

Early wins demonstrate to everyone that achieving change goals is feasible and will result in benefits for those involved.
By Jody Spiro 

Record, replay, reflect: Videotaped lessons accelerate learning for teachers and coaches   (read article


A University of Kansas study shows the value of video for providing an objective view of teaching and coaching that propels educators into improving their practice.
By Jim Knight , Barbara A. Bradley , Michael Hock , Thomas M. Skrtic, David Knight, Irma Brasseur-Hock, Jean Clark, Marilyn Ruggles, and Carol Hatton

Connect the dots: A dedicated system for learning links teacher teams to student outcomes   (read article)
A research team finds that a stable, protected setting where educators can focus on improving practice is a key ingredient for building coherence and sustaining professional learning in a school or district.
By Bradley A. Ermeling 

Coaching protocol gives rural district a common language for learning  (read article)

A rural North Carolina district improves academic language proficiency using the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol. In the process, teachers learned to lead and learning shifted from teacher-centered to student-centered. (Available to the public.)
By Marjorie C. Ringler , Debra O'Neal 

Problem solved: Middle school math instruction gets a boost from a flexible model for learning  (read article)

The problem-solving cycle's adaptability makes it a perfect learning model to improve middle school math instruction in a large, urban Colorado district.
By Jennifer Jacobs , Karen Koellner , Joanie Funderburk 

Deep learning takes root: A commitment to improve math instruction results in a multilayered learning community  (read article)

Teachers at a small elementary school in New Jersey developed a three-level program of community learning that would enable students to succeed in math.
By Mary Ann Jacobs 

A united commitment to change: Districts and unions collaborate to implement school improvement plans  (read article)

School leaders work with teachers associations to transform schools in Indiana and Washington under the federal School Improvement Grant program. (Available to the public.)
By Ellen Holmes , Staci Maiers 

DEPARTMENTS

From the editor  (read article)

(Available to the public.)
By Tracy Crow 

Essentials: Keeping up with hot topics in the field  (read article)

  • Teacher dissatisfaction
  • Lessons from business
  • Principal leadership
  • Reaching consensus
  • Future teachers
  • Common core implementation
  • International benchmarking
  • Online learning policy

Tool: Reflective feedback protocol  (read article)

Collaborative culture  (read article)

A willingness to speak the truth serves as a call to action and an important first step. (Available to the public.)
By Susan Scott 

Cultural proficiency  (read article)

Cultural proficiency means having the courage to act despite risks. (Available to the public.)
By Patricia L. Guerra , Sarah W. Nelson 

@ Learning Forward  (read article)

  • Introducing Professional Learning News
  • Book Club selection
  • On Board: Kenneth Salim stresses the importance of implementation
  • New standards resource available to download
  • Kentucky task force members selected
  • Win a free conference registration
(Available to the public.)
From the director  (read article)

(Available to the public.)
By Stephanie Hirsh 

Features

Strategies click into place: Online resources translate research to practice  (read article)

The Doing What Works website translates researched-based practices into practical tools to improve classroom instruction. (Available to the public.)
By Yael Kidron