Environmental Impact: Key Elements Reinforce Culture Of Continuous Learning

By Brian Edwards and Jessica Gammell
December 2017
Maintaining a robust professional learning culture in schools is vital for attracting and retaining high-caliber talent. Given this, education leaders are looking for guidance on how to establish and sustain an environment that fosters continuous learning. From our experience in helping educators design and implement professional learning systems, we have come to understand the elements that reflect and reinforce a culture of continuous learning and how schools can bring about that type of environment. Key Elements  Many factors must be present if a school is to have an environment that promotes continuous learning. Here are several key factors. The list is informed by our experience working with dozens of schools as well as interviews with teachers, coaches, and principals. 1   Focus Schools can be

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Brian Edwards and Jessica Gammell

Brian Edwards ( is a research writer and Jessica Gammell ( is a district partnership director at Partners in School Innovation.


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