The 3 R's of Summer

June 2014

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How Change Happens Learning Forward Senior Advisor Joellen Killion says the process of learning to accomplish change doesn’t happen overnight: “Principals cannot perfect the implementation of new teacher evaluation systems […]

Track Data. Tweak Instruction. Repeat. 

A district’s proactive approach to using data has resulted in steadily improving student achievement for a decade — with a student population that is mostly poor, highly mobile, nearly all students of color, and includes a large number of English language learners.

The Instructor's Balancing Act 

A workshop for bilingual teachers illustrates the instructor’s beliefs about effective adult learning by balancing teaching with learning, accepting all learners, and putting teachers in the role of students. (Available to the public.)

Happy With Your Professional Learning? That’s Not Enough.

It’s not enough to deliver new and improved professional learning that makes teachers happy. Engage individuals in their own learning, use a standards-based system to ensure implementation, and leave educators ready to practice their new learning. (Available to the public.)

One Person’s Academy Experience Shifts A District’s Approach to Learning

Participating in Learning Forward’s Academy gives the superintendent of a challenged district the tools she needs to implement and expand high-quality professional learning. (Available to the public.)


Workplace wisdom: What educators can learn from the business world. By Sheri S. Williams and John W. Williams What lessons can we learn from business to support and advocate for educator […]

From The Director 

Attend to matters of the heart as you implement new change efforts. (Available to the public.)

Wallace Foundation Grant

Wallace Foundation grant

Common Core Support 

Common Core support

Free Webinars

Free webinars

Learning Forward’s Impact In The U.S. 

Learning Forward’s impact

On Board 

On Board

Book Club 

Research on K-12 math professional development falls short. (Available to the public.)

Lessons From Research 

Research on K-12 math professional development falls short. (Available to the public.)

IC Maps

IC maps for external roles. (Available to the public.)


Partnerships, Future of teaching, Data use, School leaders, Career pathways, Path to implementation, Time for learning

From The Editor

Take a moment to reflect to let your brain soak in new knowledge. (Available to the public.)

Beyond The Core 

Peer observation followed by data-driven conversations leads vocational and electives teachers in a small, rural high school in Washington to explore and implement new practices in their classrooms related to Common Core.

The Secret To Great Coaching 

Instead of playing the role of expert too often, successful coaches use norms, probing questions, and effective inquiry to ensure that their peers develop the capacity to improve their practice.

Bridge Builders

An initiative to improve the content-area literacy skills of all students at a Massachusetts high school demonstrates the important role teacher leaders play in bridging the various elements of school improvement efforts. (Available to the public.)

4 Schools, 1 Goal 

Educators working together in a professional learning community boost reading achievement in four central Florida high schools as part of a two-year initiative with a university partner.

Workplace Wisdom 

What lessons can we learn from business to support and advocate for educator learning? Mentoring, collaboration, and leadership are keys to building educator capacity and responding to the needs of diverse students.

Up Close 

Fill your summer with learning, Summer learning plan, What’s inside

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