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Tools for Learning Schools, Spring 2014, Vol. 17 No. 3

Mar 04, 2014

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Professional learning as a creative process: A new learning map for differentiation


By Anthony Armstrong

image of multicolor paint brushes and paint swathsThe team at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, in the suburbs of Chicago (Ill.), set out to redefine how the system’s leadership looked at professional learning. Read how they created learning maps based upon a creative process from psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi that allows them to guide the professional learning according to each educator’s needs.


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Tool: Professional learning as a creative process: Framing the conversations


Use this tool to shape a variety of conversations around professional growth opportunities for individuals, teams, or academic divisions and help build appropriate professional learning.


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Tool: Learning Forward resources for managing change


Use this tool to learn more about important resources for managing change, including data, Stages of Concern, and Innovation Configurations.


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