JSD, August 2015: Idea Lab 2015

Aug 25, 2015



Up close: Deep smarts start hereDownloadNow_small

  • Making meaning from inspiration
  • What’s new, what’s next
  • Tips for first-timers
  • What’s inside

Brainstormers welcome DownloadNow_small
By Tracy Crow

Launch your learning with this preview of Learning Forward’s Annual Conference.
(Available to the public.)

The big money question: Action research projects give district a clear picture of professional learning's impact DownloadNow_small
By Barbara Dill-Varga

A Chicago-area district, facing a budget deficit, engages in teacher action research projects to determine whether its investment in cooperative learning has paid off.

Visible leading: Principal Academy connects and empowers principals DownloadNow_small
By Jennifer Hindman, Jan Rozzelle, Rachel Ball, and John Fahey

At the College of William & Mary’s SURN Principal Academy, principals improve their instructional leadership and relationship-building skills. A hallmark of the program is collaborative observation using a protocol that measures student engagement.

Digital distinction: Badges add a new dimension to adult learning DownloadNow_small
By Kellie Ady, Keli Kinsella, and Amber Paynter

Educators at Cherry Creek School District in Colorado developed a digital badge system that recognizes the work teachers are doing, supports a culture and climate of celebration, and focuses learning on mastery of content in smaller steps.
(Available to the public.)

If I could run a school: Teacher-powered schools require a divergent set of skills DownloadNow_small
By Lori Nazareno

Teacher-powered schools require teachers to learn how to manage a school collaboratively and how to observe and evaluate one another.

How principals can reshape the teaching bell curve DownloadNow_small
By Kim Marshall

To improve subpar teaching and motivate solid teachers to take their work to a higher level requires five key elements: Create professional working conditions, foster teacher teamwork, coach teachers, use student surveys, and hire and fire well.

Make time to recharge: Growth and renewal play key roles in sustaining school leaders DownloadNow_small
By Ellie Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano

A learning-oriented model of leadership development and capacity building emphasizes the importance of caring for one’s own self-development and renewal while caring for and supporting others.

Why do I go to the conference? It’s where conversation, collaboration, and critical thinking abound DownloadNow_small
By Mark Onuscheck

A frequent attendee reflects on what keeps him coming back to Learning Forward’s Annual Conference.
(Available to the public.)


From the editor DownloadNow_small
By Tracy Crow

Open your ears, eyes, and minds to unexpected learning.
(Available to the public.)

Essentials: Keeping up with hot topics in the fieldDownloadNow_small

  • Better solutions
  • 5-year outlook
  • The future of credentials
  • Deeper learning
  • Flexible learning
  • The big picture
  • Teacher voices



Lessons from researchDownloadNow_small
By Joellen Killion

Researchers pinpoint factors that influence teachers’ responses to data.
(Available to the public.)


  • Learning Team Award
  • Book Club
  • On Board
  • Foundation fundraiser
  • Learning School Designation
  • Learning Forward calendar
(Available to the public.)

From the director DownloadNow_small
By Stephanie Hirsh

Annual Conference opens the door to possibilities
(Available to the public.)


Focus first on outcomes: When planning change, improved student learning is the ultimate goal DownloadNow_small
By Janice Bradley, Linda Munger, and Shirley Hord

Educators working to achieve changes in classroom teaching practices that lead to improvement in student learning need clarity about what they want to accomplish.
(Available to the public.)

Variations on a theme: As needs change, new models of critical friends groups emerge DownloadNow_small
By Kevin Fahey and Jacy Ippolito

The changing demographics of students nationwide, widening gaps in student achievement, new national standards, and increased accountability pressures are pushing educators to innovate.