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LEAP program at DC Public Schools assures coherence and relevance in teacher growth

By Angela | September 12, 2016

Washington DC Public Schools has received a lot of national attention for its human capital policies, and the results have been impressive. Their LEAP program promises to continue the progress of the teacher growth.

Michael Fullan affirms the power of collective efficacy

By Stephanie Hirsh | April 20, 2016

Collective efficacy — educators’ belief that in working together, they have the capability to improve significant challenges in schools — doesn’t just happen when systems or schools offer educators the opportunity to collaborate.

Leverage the power of collaborative expertise

By Stephanie Hirsh | December 3, 2015

Stephanie Hirsh examines how two recent reports from researcher John Hattie relate to the Learning Communities standard, which states that effective professional learning leads to improved student learning when all educators learn collaboratively as they commit to collective responsibility and continuous improvement.

How professional learning communities benefit students and teachers

By Angela | October 27, 2015

The primary purpose and function of the professional learning community is the continuous professional learning of its members. Why is this? The most influential factor in whether students learn well is quality teaching. Research and common sense tell us that continuous and sustained adult learning enhances quality teaching. What are educators in a professional learning community learning?

What is an authentic professional learning community?

By Angela | June 9, 2015

Shirley Hord, Learning Forward’s scholar laureate, has focused her career on research about and practice of effective professional learning communities. Here she answers an educator’s question about professional learning communities.

How and when do you learn?

By Angela | May 7, 2015

After 30 years in education, I have never felt more dedicated to student success and the adults that support that success. The education world talks a lot about how students learn. Is it just as important to consider how educators learn? I think so.

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