Supporting each other

October 2020
Vol. 41, No. 5

What does it mean to support learning in challenging times? It means listening, communicating, and leading with empathy. It means committing to anti-racism and breaking down structural barriers to equity. This issue examines ways to do so in professional learning.

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What's your mantra for this school year?

If this month’s issue had a mantra, it might be: we’re all stronger when we support each other.

SEL and equity

A conversation with Dena Simmons: ‘If we don’t address the wound, we cannot heal.’

 When teachers listen, students learn

Coaching helps teachers incorporate student voice in the classroom.

 Connections bring us closer to equity and justice

Teams grow stronger when members acknowledge differences and commonalities.

 Address the stress

How leaders can support teachers in an extraordinary year.

Get connected

Infographic shows how much students want and need communication from educators.

 ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: The teacher-student connection

Tool offers a road map to improve relationships.

TOOLS

 Empathy interviews

A tool for listening deeply and centering diverse perspectives in decisions and policies.

Strategic teaming

A guide to creating and managing new types of instructional teams during the pandemic.

Through the lens

Reflection questions for examining the Standards for Professional Learning.

IDEAS

 Equity in pre-K classrooms

A pilot program in NYC builds early childhood leaders’ capacity for leading professional learning with equity.

 How academic discipline influences coaching

An initial study suggests that coaches’ area of focus matters.

 Chart a clear course

Evaluation is key to building better, more relevant professional learning.

RESEARCH

 Access, knowledge, and culture limit teachers’ use of research

A study finds teacher attitudes aren’t the problem in applying research.

What works? Q & A with Heather Hill

What makes professional learning effective? It’s a complex question.

 Data points

Keeping up with the latest on professional learning.

VOICES

Denise Borders

Call to action

Resilient educators deserve sustained support

Joellen Killion

Coaches notebook

 Help your coaching program achieve its potential

Jim Knight

What I've learned

 Take time for self-care

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