Jacqueline Kennedy is a senior consultant with Learning Forward, and most recently served as the executive director of teaching and learning in a large urban school district in the Dallas, Texas area. With 27+ years of experience in professional learning, school improvement, and curriculum and instructional design. She began her work as an elementary teacher, and later went on to serve as a school counselor. Over the years, Kennedy has been a professional learning director, adjunct professor, associate director, coordinator, and specialist. Read full bio.
Most people have been faced with a fork in the road, where they were not sure which path to take. Decisions about teaching and learning paths can present a similar dilemma among educators today, especially when it comes to leveraging professional learning to meet curriculum and performance goals for students and educators.
In the classic children’s picture book by Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go, readers are taken on a whimsical adventure into an ever-changing world, full of new pathways and discoveries. Read how your own path through professional learning is similar and how the Standards for Professional Learning provide practical guidance for your professional learning journey.
Applications of change research are at the heart of the Implementation standard. Explore questions that help coaches respond to adult learning needs, identify levers and barriers, and improve results for long-term implementation of professional learning.
With the onset of widespread school improvement and reform efforts, data has gained recognition as a lever for informing practice but has somehow escaped professional learning planning. Discover three ways that teacher leaders can use data to align professional learning to student learning.