Mind the Gap Professional Learning to Improve Equity

October 2016
Vol. 37 No. 5

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From The Director 

When Learning Forward released the updated Standards for Professional Learning five years ago, we frequently heard this question: Where did the Equity standard go? The version of the standards published […]


What we mean when we say ‘equity.’ By Eric Celeste Equity is discussed with such regularity in education that it’s shocking to discover many of us probably aren’t sure how […]

Learning Forward makes the case for ESSA implementation 

Learning Forward and partners have submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education recommending changes in Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) regulations and guidelines that would help states and […]

Book Club 

High Expectations Teaching: How We Persuade Students to Believe and Act on “Smart is Something You Can Get” By Jon Saphier High Expectations Teaching is an assets-based approach to advancing student […]

Survey Evaluates Learning Forward Services And Resources 

Findings from surveys of Learning Forward members and subscribers show which of Learning Forward’s services and resources are most useful to respondents and point to ways the organization can more […]

English learners need high-quality grade-level experiences 

One of the big equity lessons our district has learned is that we can’t deny students access to grade-level content. When we insisted that English learners learn English first, we […]

2 districts join redesign PD community of practice

Two school districts have joined the Redesign PD Community of Practice, bringing to 22 the number of school systems collaborating to improve professional learning systems and share their progress with […] 

The Principal Story Learning Guide Learning Forward has developed a web-based professional learning guide using excerpts from the award-winning PBS documentary film, The Principal Story, to illustrate five key practices […]


In their chapter on action research in Powerful Designs for Professional Learning (Easton, 2015), Cathy Caro-Bruce and Mary Klehr describe a challenging issue that a teacher bravely takes on as […]

5th-grade Science Intervention Focuses On English Language Learners 

What the Study Says At the end of the first of three years, a curriculum and professional development intervention for 5th-grade students with a focus on English language learners had […]

Essentials: Keeping Up With Hot Topics In The Field 

PDK Poll The 48th Annual PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools PDK International, September 2016 The 2016 Phi Delta Kappa national survey shows Americans overwhelmingly (84% to 14%) […]

What Do You Believe You Believe? 

Discussing our beliefs about people whose race, religion, or socioeconomic backgrounds differ from our own can get uncomfortable. For one thing, we may not feel safe saying what we really […]

The Value of Coaching 

Claire Gibbons and Noelle Taylor are friends. They meet regularly, share common interests, work on projects together, and hold similar goals. Not only are they friends, they are also colleagues […]

Strike the right balance

What drives professional learning — personalized individual staff and school needs or districtwide goals? This is the question that educators in Pittsburgh Public Schools and other districts across the country […]

We're All In This Together 

Like many schools across the country, Peters K-3 Elementary School in Garden Grove, California, is committed to equity, social justice, and eliminating achievement and opportunity gaps. To achieve these critical […]

A Process of Discovery 

The collaborative analysis of student learning (Colton, Langer, & Goff, 2015) is a professional learning design that transforms teachers’ capacities and commitment to relentlessly pursue and use equitable ways to […]

Questions that Lead To Action 

Marcella and Michael have near-perfect 4th-grade attendance records at a pre-K-8 public school in Chicago, Illinois. Marcella and her family are recent immigrants. With the highest national level of immigrants […]

How Do I Teach English Learners? 

High school content teachers are often unfamiliar with teaching English learner students in the mainstream. They are sometimes unsure of the needs of English learner students and do not know […]

An Equal Chance at Success 

The Outcomes standard of Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning (Learning Forward, 2011) emphasizes professional learning that impacts teacher practice in a way that supports high levels of achievement for […]

How We Can Bridge The Cultural Gap 

American public education has a long-documented pattern of serving, and failing, certain student communities more than others with a predictability based on cultural demographics — especially race and its intersection […]

What We Mean When We Say 'Equity' 

Equity is discussed with such regularity in education that it’s shocking to discover many of us probably aren’t sure how to define the term. To be more specific: When two […]

Up Close: Inside Cultural Proficiency 

To create schools where every student is successful, educators must address relationships, especially with students and families who have been historically disenfranchised from the educational system. To develop such relationships, […]

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