Lessons from the field

Redesign PD Community of Practice Lessons from the Field

A new template for identifying goals, planning learning for teachers, and recognizing success

November 30, 2017

To make professional learning more relevant to teachers—and to make sure learning opportunities are driven by data—the Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida has given all schools a new template for identifying their goals, planning learning for teachers and recognizing when the targets have been reached. Read more to see how the district has put professional learning on everyone’s radar.

Pittsburgh District aligns learning with student goals

August 24, 2017

The Redesign PD Community of Practice engages teams from 22 of the nation’s leading school districts and charter management organizations in identifying local professional learning challenges and creating scalable solutions. Learning Forward facilitates the community, where teams participate in continuous learning cycles to improve how they manage their professional learning systems. In the midst of major transition,…

Guilford County’s new rubric allows ‘everyone to own equity as a priority’

August 3, 2017

With diversity in mind, Guilford County Schools in North Carolina is expanding professional learning options for teachers and ensuring that teachers have opportunities to go deeper in their learning.

Aspire expands learning options for noninstructional staff

July 13, 2017

Aspire Public Schools creates professional learning to help noninstructional staff learn strategies to support students outside the classroom.

Syracuse district focuses on personalized learning and classroom support

June 21, 2017

A new approach to professional learning in New York’s Syracuse City School District aims to ensure teacher practices are helping students meet district performance goals. Read more from authors Michelle Bowman King and Linda Jacobson.

Bridgeport District Team applies principles of intentional learning design with promising results

June 8, 2017

Learning Forward Redesign PD Community of Practice member Bridgeport Public Schools is working to build coherent and relevant professional learning within and across district improvement efforts. Read more from two of the district’s representatives on their improvement journey.

Bring your best evidence forward to show professional learning’s worth

April 20, 2017

Budget cuts have sliced into professional learning spending. Why? Because sometimes administrations do not see the evidence that it can really increase student achievement. Read more from Tracy Crow about how we can prove that a professional learning budget is necessary.

As Long Beach teachers learn, so do those who design the learning

April 13, 2017

The online myPD system is evolving to help teachers in the Redesign PD Community of Practice. Read more about how teachers are becoming more effective by sharing strategies.

Florida district partners with teachers to redesign professional learning

March 22, 2017

Members of the Lake County, Florida, team participating in the Redesign PD Community of Practice are beginning to see evidence that professional learning, designed in partnership with teachers, can lead to improvements in student learning. Read more from Linda Jacobson and Michelle King about their journey to increased student achievement.

NYC district teams use improvement science to strengthen teaching practice

February 14, 2017

The New York City Department of Education is focusing on measuring the impact of professional learning for teachers and other educators in the district. Implementing the tools of improvement science has given the district a concrete plan for tracking progress.

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