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The Learning System, Spring 2013, Vol. 8, No. 3


Making time for Common Core implementation

By Anthony Armstrong

For Jack Linton, assistant superintendent for Petal Schools, the most important resource for effectively implementing Common Core standards is time for teacher learning communities. Read how he makes time districtwide for Common Core implementation, and discover new tools to help you find the time needed for effective professional learning.



Tool: Staff perceptions about collaborative time

Use this tool to check on staff perceptions about collaborative professional learning and work.


Advancing the standards: Leadership standard calls for evidence of effectiveness

By Hayes Mizell

There are many ways to exert school system leadership, and one of the most powerful is to judiciously use the words “Stop” and “No.” Consider how to invoke these words at the right times, in the right ways, for the right purposes.


In practice: Data, coaching programs improve Jeffco instructional practices

By Priscilla Straughn

Jeffco Public Schools values building teacher capacity through professional development. Learn how they ensure highly effective teachers in all classrooms by providing teachers access to job-embedded professional learning focused on their particular needs based on school and student data.