Improving Together

April 2023

Learning networks give educators collaborative opportunities to grow and improve so they can help students thrive. This issue highlights how networks are leading the way to change.


Discussion Guide

This guide will help you and your teams take a deep dive into the April 2023 issue of The Learning Professional on the theme of Improving Together. It examines how educators can collaboratively engage in continuous improvement approaches that shift educator practices to help students thrive.

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Learning together is the best way forward

As the educators featured in this issue show, a commitment to shared learning benefits everyone.

Networks forge a path to school improvement

Educator networks supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation apply continuous improvement methods, and their learning offers lessons for all.

Teacher voice drives improvement in Baltimore

A literacy network that elevates teachers’ expertise and voices is making tangible differences in students’ learning.

Coaching empowers teachers to lead for equity

Coaches in New York City middle schools build teachers’ leadership capacity to strengthen support and outcomes for historically marginalized students.

Good ideas spread when schools learn from each other

When educator teams participate in “live cases,” they learn about what’s working in one another’s schools.

Thinking routines help educators develop an equity lens

Five thinking routines foster a habit of equity-mindedness in teaching and coaching.

Coaches support literacy across subject areas

Coaching to promote common literacy practices across content areas improves outcomes for middle schoolers in Long Beach, California.

Teacher leaders make change ideas stick

Cultivating veteran teachers as leaders and mentors for newer teachers is a key strategy for making change doable and sustainable in Dallas.

The Model for Improvement

How one Chicago teacher is using the Model for Improvement to foster more engaged and supportive relationships.

A common aim unites a diverse community: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE

When a group of schools honed their network’s focus, trust, peer collaboration, and student outcomes improved.

6 principles to foster voice and belonging: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE

When educators feel appreciated and empowered, they are more likely to cultivate those feelings in students.

Math teachers test responsive practices in real time: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE

Three secondary school educators share how improvement methods are helping them bring greater equity to math classes.


Student voice data accelerates teaching and learning

Reflection prompts and planning exercises help school and district leaders use student voice data for improvement.

Resources for improvement work

A compendium of free, online resources that cover crucial elements of improvement work, including leadership, equity, and measurement.

Through the lens

How to implement Standards for Professional Learning to foster continuous improvement.


Practical measures make data timely and useful

A visual illustration of how a group of educators learned what works, what doesn’t, and why.

When we listen to students, we improve our schools

Students are a vital yet often overlooked source of professional learning for educators at all levels.

Educators learned to use student data. Graduation rates improved

Easy access to useful data and opportunities to learn how to use it made the difference for educators and students in New York City.

Experiential learning improves teams’ inquiry cycles: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE

The New Tech Network modeled an improvement cycle to build educators’ capacity to do their own cycles.


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