Menu

CALL TO ACTION

Professional learning helps educators address student learning gaps

By Frederick Brown
Categories: Learning designs, Outcomes, Standards for Professional Learning
June 2023
Most of us accept that scientific knowledge evolves over time, so best practices in medicine and other science fields change. Knowledge about the learning sciences evolves, too, so we should constantly revisit and adjust education practices. To paraphrase the great Maya Angelou, when we know better, we should do better. For example, as a new teacher, I was taught that differentiating based on student need meant that I should place students into reading and math ability groups. Since then, we’ve learned that this structure doesn’t allow for students in lower-ability groups to catch up to those in higher-ability groups. I would approach this situation differently if I were in a classroom today because our field has learned so much about how to better support students’

Read the remaining content with membership access. Join or log in below to continue.

Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo. Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt. Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem.

Log In
   

References

Learning Forward. (2022). Standards for Professional Learning. Author.


Image for aesthetic effect only - Brown-frederick-200x250-1
President | CEO at Learning Forward | + posts

Frederick Brown is Learning Forward’s president | CEO. Fred is an education visionary who knows firsthand that our nation’s schools need transformational change if we are to meet the challenges of the next decades. Fred advocates that every child deserves to reach their highest potential and every educator must have the opportunity to participate in exemplary, ongoing, professional learning programs to provide students the skills needed to meet their unique needs.

Supporting educators at all levels and improving student achievement are through lines of Fred's career. An elementary school teacher, a middle school assistant principal, and school principal, Fred saw firsthand the impact high-leverage instructional practices and school culture have on school success.

Fred is a frequent speaker on leadership and building high-quality learning in schools. He has co-authored two books that have made significant contributions to the field of education, demonstrating how a comprehensive approach to professional learning can be achieved so that everyone in a system is a learner, and how principals apply a learning lens to their many critical responsibilities to create a productive climate for learning and collaboration. "Becoming a Learning System" and "The Learning Principal -- Becoming a Learning Leader"  are time-tested Learning Forward resources for schools and leaders.


Categories: Learning designs, Outcomes, Standards for Professional Learning

Search
The Learning Professional


Published Date

CURRENT ISSUE



  • Recent Issues

    THE TIME DILEMMA
    August 2023

    Prioritizing professional learning time is an investment in educators and...

    ACCELERATING LEARNING
    June 2023

    Acceleration aims to ensure all students overcome learning gaps to do...

    IMPROVING TOGETHER
    April 2023

    Learning networks give educators collaborative opportunities to grow and...

    TACKLING TURNOVER
    February 2023

    With educator shortages and turnover on the rise, this issue explores the...

    Skip to content