August 2011 Vol. 32 No. 4

August 2011

Introducing a new approach to standards that can transform teaching and learning in schools.


The Learning Professional

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On Board




Cultural Proficiency




New Standards Put The Spotlight On Professional Learning




From The Editor

We released our new Standards for Professional Learning a month ago and are so excited to share them with members and the field.You’ll read in these pages about why we published new standards,why now, and what it means for schools, districts, service organizations, and agencies at all levels. We’re taking this opportunity to use JSD...




From The Director


Learning Designs

Designers reside mostly in school districts and schools and can have primary assignments of all sorts. In many districts, central office personnel are most visible on design committees, but teachers, principals, and superintendents are included. Members of professional learning communities can design their own processes, and individual teachers can, too. States do also. National organizations...

Learning Communities

 Learning communities are best defined as “ongoing groups … who meet regularly for the purposes of increasing their own learning and that of their students“ (Lieberman & Miller, 2008, p. 2). Although learning communities vary in form and context, they share some fundamental core beliefs and values. Based on the idea that educators can learn...


Very little of the professional development literature identifies its costs. Many say good professional development is expensive, but what is meant by expensive, and if so, expensive relative to what? This article shows that effective professional development is not expensive relative to overall spending and that its key elements and their costs can be identified...


Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning have the potential to influence educational policy and practice in profound ways for the systems that are courageous enough to take them seriously, and the Data standard is a critical element systemwide. Schools are overwhelmed with data warehouses, colorful charts and graphs, and endless PowerPoint presentations. The millions of...

If We Open Our Minds, We Can Close The Generation Gap In The Workplace


Standards Policy Action Guide



 “Everyone has a stake in the education of our children … [and] people who work in schools and people who study schools know that leadership makes a difference” (Wahlstrom, Louis, Leithwood, & Anderson, 2010, p. 32).  The critical role that leadership plays in student learning is documented in a six-year research study funded by The...

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