JSD, August 2016: How we connect

Aug 24, 2016



Up close: Deep smarts start hereDownloadNow_small

  • The benefits of collaboration.
  • What are the components of a strong collaborative environment?
  • Where strong collaboration does exist, the benefits are substantial.

Twitterpated: I found my learning community. You can, too. DownloadNow_small
By Eric Celeste

Groups that come together in whatever fashion — in social networks, via online video conferencing, or around conference tables — share in solutions to problems of practice and therefore feel collectively responsible for the success of all their students.
(Available to the public.)

Bridging silos: Novices partner with veteran teachers on the path to board certification DownloadNow_small
By Erin Gilrein and Jennifer Wolfe

To stem the tide of new professionals leaving teaching, the Oceanside School District in New York created a program that sees teaching as a six-year career ladder beginning with an internship and ending with National Board Certification, with board-certified teachers supporting new interns and residents.
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Open doors, open minds: Empowered teachers work and learn shoulder to shoulder DownloadNow_small
By Marcia Hudson, Lauren Childs, and Cynthia L. Carver

A job-embedded form of professional learning that combines preobservation dialogue and study with classroom observation and follow-up debriefing leads to improved student achievement and teachers who see themselves as responsible for their own learning.

The virtual workroom: Using social media, teachers reach beyond school walls to learn and grow DownloadNow_small
By Jeffrey P. Carpenter, Torrey Trust, and Daniel G. Krutka

A survey of pre-K-12 teachers sheds light on their perceptions of professional learning networks as well as the impact on their teaching and student learning. Several key factors shape success for teachers and administrators.

Cloud coaching: Web-based learning holds promise, especially for districts with limited resources DownloadNow_small
By Lindsay Clare Matsumura, Donna DiPrima Bickel, Dena Zook-Howell, Richard Correnti, and Marguerite Walsh

Designing a web-based literacy coaching program offers insights into the benefits and challenges of online professional learning.
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Algebra? There’s an app for that: Florida goes online with math support for teachers and students DownloadNow_small
By Joy Bronston Schackow and Stephanie Cugini

Florida’s Algebra Nation is an online learning system for teachers and students. Schools that were frequent users in 2014-15 report significant impact on student achievement in algebra 1.

What student writing can teach us about teaching DownloadNow_small
By Nikki Holland, Ginney P. Wright, and Christian Z. Goering

A program from the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project aims to improve the teaching of academic writing and, in doing so, increase student achievement. Three specific practices would transfer easily to any professional learning community.


From the editor DownloadNow_small
By Tracy Crow

What we say and what we mean.
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Essentials: Keeping up with hot topics in the fieldDownloadNow_small

  • Elementary focus
  • Learning preferences
  • Better than a Band-Aid
  • Student achievement
  • Teacher diversity


What is my role in great professional learning?

Lessons from researchDownloadNow_small
By Joellen Killion

When teachers learn to use technology, students benefit.
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  • Agents for Learning Competition
  • On Board
  • Shirley Hord Teacher Learning Team Award
  • Book Club
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From the director DownloadNow_small
By Stephanie Hirsh

Turn your networking into powerful professional learning.
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5 core roles of central office learning leaders DownloadNow_small
By Joellen Killion and Cindy Harrison

The changing field of professional learning over the past 20 years has also led to changes in the role of central office director of professional learning, reflecting a move toward a school- and team-based, collaborative, personalized, just-in-time approach to professional learning aligned with educator performance and student outcome standards.

Grassroots movement: With teachers taking the lead, a diverse district tackles literacy DownloadNow_small
By Julie A. Brua and Matthew K. Moreland

Working with their classmates and coaches in the Learning Forward Academy, learning leaders in the Aptakisic-Tripp School District No. 102 in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, developed and implemented an action plan to support teacher-driven professional learning that would lead to improved student literacy.
(Available to the public.)