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Tools for Learning Schools, Spring 2013, Vol. 16 No. 3

Mar 15, 2013

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How to evaluate professional learning policies: Match policy to practice for standards implementation

By Anthony Armstrong

Believing that policy drives practice, Learning Forward created Professional Learning Policy Review: A Workbook for States and Districts to help educators assess if their policies support the professional learning required for changes such as implementing Common Core State Standards. Learn how to move people through a series of stages to evaluate the policies a system has in place and consider recommendations for changes.

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Tool: Current practices in professional learning

Use the open-ended questions in this tool to gather information on stakeholders’ perspectives on current professional learning practice. The primary purpose of this process is to understand current practices in order to strengthen the quality and effects of professional learning.
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Advancing High-Quality Professional Learning through Collective Bargaining and State Policy 

Learning Forward, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and the National Education Association (NEA) formed a national partnership to share collective bargaining agreements and state policies that support high-quality professional learning for every teacher. Read this report to explore specific policies and recommendations for future actions.

Standing up, speaking out
Read about the need for teacher voices in national policy discussions and learn how Marie Parker-McElroy, an instructional coach in Fairfax County (Va.), raised her voice to testify in Washington D.C. Explore how to develop and apply your voice as an educator.

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