Not just another test: Common Core Standards assessments bring uncommon opportunity

By Anthony Armstrong

Two consortia of 46 states and the District of Columbia are creating cutting-edge assessment systems designed to more accurately and equitably measure student skills and knowledge. Read how this has created an unprecedented opportunity for schools to pool their resources and harness the power of technology and advancements in testing knowledge, and what it means for teacher professional learning.

Tools: Getting ready: Professional development preparation for new assessment systems

Help teachers prepare for new assessments by examining six learning needs that coaches and teacher leaders can begin to address today.

Teachers leading: 4 tips for celebration in the season of leavings

By Joellen KillionĀ 

Follow these principles to model and coordinate responses to colleague leavings that convey deep, heartfelt appreciation.

A coach's dilemma: Questions lead to analysis of instructional practice

By Valerie von Frank

Khristopher Henderson, district instructional coach in Duval County (Fla.), stresses the importance of questioning and its effect on teacher reflection for implementing change.