February 2019 Vol 40 No 1

February 2019
Vol. 40 No. 1

Transitions are a part of life in schools, sometimes planned but other times unexpected. In this issue, we celebrate transitions and turning points, examining the challenges and opportunities they create for professional learning and how to thrive in the midst of change.


The Learning Professional

Published Date

In This Issue


Millennial teachers want support. Are they getting it?

Infographic shows that young teachers care about their career development.

 Open up for science learning:

Professional learning to navigate a transition to open educational resources.

Get connected: Trust and identity re-engage students in Massachusetts charter schools

Professional learning helps teachers reach disconnected students.

 Q & A with Monica Higgins: How leaders can nurture change

School culture, teacher voice, and how education differs from business.

Life is full of transitions, and so are schools

Transitions present both challenges and opportunities for professional learning.


 How mentors can support new teachers

Protocols for coaches to assist with communication, monitoring, and documentation.


 New standards call for new practices: Classroom observation protocol helps science teacher

Educators in Utah use an observation protocol to assess new science practices.

 What creates the motivation to change?

Two key factors influence teachers’ willingness to modify their practice.

 Network uses improvement science to scale up change

Learning Forward’s What Matters Now Network engages three state teams in rapid-cycle testing of innovative strategies. Each state is focusing on specific ways to support schools’ use of high-quality instructional materials.


 How to apply professional learning research to your work

Taking stock of the research and using it to guide practice.


Teacher work environments, collective impact, and more



Olivia Elizondo Zepeda

Member spotlight

 Reach out as you navigate transitions

Stephanie Hirsh

Call to action

 There are many ways to build a career path


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