Published from 2005 to 2013, this newsletter focuses on the context that makes effective professional learning possible across an entire system of schools.

The Learning System, Summer 2013, Vol. 8, No. 4

The Learning System, Summer 2013, Vol. 8, No. 4 Newsletters Group smarts: Elevate collective intelligence through communication, norms, and diversity By Valerie von Frank Teams have an intelligence of their own that is independent of the individual intelligence of the members. In other words, adding up the talent of each individual member doesn’t necessarily total…

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The Learning System, Spring 2013, Vol. 8, No. 3

The Learning System, Spring 2013, Vol. 8, No. 3 Newsletters Making time for Common Core implementation By Anthony Armstrong For Jack Linton, assistant superintendent for Petal Schools, the most important resource for effectively implementing Common Core standards is time for teacher learning communities. Read how he makes time districtwide for Common Core implementation, and discover…

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The Learning System, Winter 2013, Vol. 8, No. 2

The Learning System, Winter 2013, Vol. 8, No. 2 Newsletters Evaluations serve as pathways for professional growth: Teacher-led teams help build evaluation system that promotes learning By Valerie von Frank The New York State United Teachers association led teams of teachers and district administrators from six districts in researching and designing a new teacher evaluation…

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The Learning System, Fall 2012, Vol. 8, No. 1

The Learning System, Fall 2012, Vol. 8, No. 1 Newsletters A new game plan: Professional learning redesign makes the case for teacher voices By Anthony Armstrong The professional learning team at Lyons Township High School District 204 in La Grange, Ill., believes in the power of teacher-led professional learning. Read how a group of teachers…

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The Learning System, Summer 2012, Vol. 7, No. 4

The Learning System, Summer 2012, Vol. 7, No. 4 Newsletters The art of feedback: Support observers with a system that ensures learning-focused conversations Feedback conversations are often sources of anxiety that can hinder the learning and improvement process, so how the feedback is delivered is as critical as what is being delivered. Learn how to…

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The Learning System, Spring 2012 , Vol. 7, No. 3

The Learning System, Spring 2012 , Vol. 7, No. 3 Newsletters Community schools boost teacher and principal satisfaction Teacher satisfaction has reached its lowest point in 22 years, according to the new MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Teachers, Parents and the Economy. Meanwhile, the community school model is continuing to grow in popularity, thanks…

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The Learning System, Winter 2012 , Vol. 7, No. 2

The Learning System, Winter 2012 , Vol. 7, No. 2 Newsletters Key drivers fuel international successes Peering across international borders for education success stories has become increasingly popular recently. However, contextual and cultural factors in other nations make replicating a transplanted model next to impossible. Read how Michael Fullan offers a lens through which education…

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The Learning System, Fall 2011, Vol. 7, No. 1

The Learning System, Fall 2011, Vol. 7, No. 1 Newsletters High-performing districts provide clear and specific support to principals According to research, after the classroom teacher, principals have the most direct effect on student achievement. That means that for districts to have the greatest effect on student learning, central office should focus some effort on…

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The Learning System, Summer 2011, Vol. 6, No. 4

The Learning System, Summer 2011, Vol. 6, No. 4 Newsletters National network redefines family involvement Research has linked increases in family involvement to improved student attendance, behavior, and learning. Read how the National Network of Partnership Schools connects schools, districts, and state departments with researchers and facilitators to help bridge the gap between research and…

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The Learning System, Spring 2011, Vol. 6, No. 3

The Learning System, Spring 2011, Vol. 6, No. 3 Newsletters Issue Contents World-class district: Missouri district credits professional learning for international distinction By Valerie von Frank District leadership: 4 questions focus learning on expectations and accountability By Hayes Mizel From the research: Study puts science curriculum reform under the microscope By Tracy Crow Tool: Myths…

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