Make time for professional learning

By Learning Forward
October 2021
Adequate resources are essential for professional learning to achieve desired outcomes for educators and students (Learning Forward, 2011). Time is one of the most valuable resources for learning, but it is also one of the greatest resource challenges for education leaders, especially in the U.S. In other nations that outperform the U.S., students have less instructional time and teachers have substantially more time for collaborative professional learning (Wei et al., 2009). But in the U.S., time is the one resource mentioned consistently in surveys of principals and others as a limitation to school staff achieving their learning goals. In fact, finding time for job-embedded professional learning is one of the most frequently cited challenges with implementing change in education (ASCD, 2012; MetLife, 2012, 2013; Scholastic

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