August 2012
Vol. 33 No. 4

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Principles of Design Energize Learning Communities 

Infuse educator work groups with a passion and a purpose for learning using principles of design and practical tips for implementing them.

From The Director

By Stephanie Hirsh (Available to the public


Spread the word, save some money

Spread The Word, Save Some Money 

Spread the word, save some money

Learning Forward's New Annual Awards Committee 

Learning Forward's new Annual Awards

On Board 

Kenneth Salim explores new feedback models

New Reports Highlight Effective Professional Learning 

New reports highlight effective professional learing

Cultural Proficiency

Acknowledge the painful history behind some common expressions — and don't repeat them. (Available to the public.)

Collaborative Culture

If a school wants to transform a culture, everyone in it must value conversation. (Available to the public.)


Taking action: Professional learning challenges.


Inspirational insights, Stages of teaching, Principal preparation, Observation protocols, Alignment resources, Online communities, Improving high-poverty schools

From The Editor

From the editor, By Tracy Crow (Available to the public.)

Put Data in the Driver's Seat 

Days set aside to analyze data give teachers in Federal Way (Wash.) Public Schools a head start in matching instruction to student needs.

The Rules of Evidence 

Gather the most valid evidence on the effectiveness of professional learning by determining the outcome at the start, using multiple sources of data, and including comparisons.

School-based Coaches Plant Seeds of Learning 

A Texas district introduces school-based data coaches to assist teachers in using data and increase student achievement. Test scores show the district is closing the academic gap between white and limited English proficient students.

Link Data to Learning Goals 

One teacher team's story illustrates how Douglas County (Ga.) Public Schools is using Georgia's teacher evaluation system to design professional learning that has improved teacher practice and student results.

Teachers Harness The Power of Assessment

Two 4th-grade teachers have developed a weekly assessment that helps them — and their students — gauge how well each student understands and can demonstrate mastery of learning standards. (Available to the public.)

The X Factor is 'Why'

Take the pain — and some of the resistance — out of data analysis by organizing it and making it relevant to the purpose at hand. (Available to the public.)

A Playbook For Data 

The staff of a small, rural school district experiences a major breakthrough in using data in this excerpt from A Playbook for Professional Learning: Putting the Standards into Action.

Up Close 

Connecting the Standards for Professional Learning, Spotlight: Data Quality Campaign, Evaluation framework components

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