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JSD, December 2016: Collective Intelligence

Dec 16, 2016

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Redesign PD Communities of Practice

  • By the numbers
  • Problems of practice
  • 22 districts
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The power of thinking big.

By Eric Celeste

Learning Forward created the Redesign PD Community of Practice to add structure and support to the community of practice model, take it across systems, and use it to help large groups of educators wrestle with their most vexing concerns.

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6 key features of a successful community of practice.

By Michelle King

Successful communities of practice have six specific characteristics that allow the experience to be rewarding for the members, the students they serve, and the education field in general.

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Goals: Coherence and relevance: 3 Districts Focus on Quality of Professional Learning.

By Linda Jacobson

Loudon County and Shelby County school districts in Tennessee and Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut work to build a professional learning system that is coherent and relevant to teachers, meaning that the learning is useful, timely, and related to their practice in the classroom.

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Taking a measure of impact: 2 Colorado Districts Calibrate The Effects of High-Quality Professional Learning.

By Linda Jacobson

District leaders in Denver and Jefferson County develop strategies to make teacher professional learning as useful as possible.

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Make evaluation count: To Assess Impact, Know What to Measure.

By Amy Pendray and Jennifer Crockett

Educators in California’s Long Beach Unified School District, a member of Learning Forward’s Redesign PD Community of Practice, clarify their understanding of evaluation and develop tools to better measure impact.

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Neighbors make great learning partners: 4 Texas Districts Work Together to Build Strong Professional Learning Systems.

By Kay Psencik, Steven Ebell, and Lisa V. McCulley

Four southeast Texas school districts are working together as part of a three-year initiative to improve professional learning in their districts. The community is based on the concept that districts benefit when they can share knowledge with each other.

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Creative tension: Turn The Challenges of Learning Together Into Opportunities.

By Christina L. Dobbs, Jacy Ippolito, and Megin Charner-Laird

Participants in a high school literacy initiative learn to navigate the productive tensions that arise as they grapple with and attempt new instructional practices.

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Core practices fuel superintendents' equity focus.

By Scott Thompson

The New Jersey Network of Superintendents' diversity of experiences and perspectives, combined with the development of open, trusting relationships around a shared focus on leading for equity and improvement of the instructional core, were key factors in transforming a professional network into an authentic community of practice.

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Task mastery: A Backward Approach to Designing Instruction Propels Teaching Forward.

By Suzanne Simons

Literacy Design Collaborative’s instructional design system guides teachers in a backward design approach that helps teachers create tasks and, from there, strong instructional plans to teach the tasks.

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Foundations for success: Young People Learn Best Through Active and Reflective Experiences.

By Jenny Nagaoka

A 2016 report synthesizes decades of research, theory, and practice to uncover the kinds of learning experiences that lead children to a productive and fulfilling adulthood. This article is sponsored by The Wallace Foundation.

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Departments

From the executive editor

By Tracy Crow

The perfect recipe for improvement

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Essentials: Keeping up with hot topics in the field

  • Principals at work
  • Choosing principals
  • Teaching attributes
  • Teachers and Common Core
  • Principal prep
  • Turnaround leaders
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Tool

RADAR protocol guides planning.

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Lessons from research

By Joellen Killion

Instructional rounds contribute to communities of practice.

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learningforward.org

Site highlights.

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@LEARNINGFORWARD

NEWS AND NOTES

  • 2016 Learning Team Award
  • On Board
  • Book Club
  • New login process
  • Projects in brief

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Abstracts

for December 2016 JSD

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From the director

By Stephanie Hirsh

How the Redesign PD Community of Practice can benefit you.

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