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Tools for Learning Schools, Summer 2018, Vol. 21, No. 3

Tools for Learning Schools, Summer 2018, Vol. 21, No. 3 Newsletters The Expert Next Door: Lesson Observations And Peer Feedback Educators experience many benefits when they invite colleagues to observe lessons and offer feedback. Tool 1: Plan The Observation Establish shared expectations well before the observation. Tool 2: Observation Notes Record what happens during the…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Spring 2018, Vol. 21, No. 2

Tools for Learning Schools, Spring 2018, Vol. 21, No. 2 Newsletters Great Plan, Disappointing Results: Managing Implementation Is Critical As educators look ahead to what they hope to accomplish next year in schools and school systems across the world, they may benefit from focusing as much attention on implementation as they do on planning. Educators…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Winter 2018, Vol. 21, No. 1

Tools for Learning Schools, Winter 2018, Vol. 21, No. 1 Newsletters Coaches’ Multiple Roles Support Teaching And Learning Since Learning Forward published the first edition of Taking the Lead: New Roles for Teachers and School-Based Leaders (2006), we’ve seen the body of evidence grow in support of coaching as a valuable strategy for promoting teaching…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Spring 2017, Vol. 20, No. 3

Tools for Learning Schools, Spring 2017, Vol. 20, No. 3 Newsletters DETAILS, DETAILS: Making meaning from data Learning teams constitute a crucial component of the continuous cycle of learning. This is the daily job-embedded learning focused on student learning challenges that teachers have over and over said they value highly. Tool 1: Data summary sheet…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Winter 2017, Vol. 20, No. 2

Tools for Learning Schools, Winter 2017, Vol. 20, No. 2 Newsletters Tool 1 & 2: Setting up a teacher video club Use the questions and chart to set up the purpose and structure of your video club.   Tool 3: Selecting video club clips Using the FIND method described herein, use four frameworks to examine…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Fall 2016, Vol. 20, No. 1

Tools for Learning Schools, Fall 2016, Vol. 20, No. 1 Newsletters PULL TOGETHER: Engage all stakeholders for project success Kara and her team had a new vision for how professional learning could make a real difference in their 48,000-student district. Through months of discussion, research, data analysis, and pilot studies, the team—all members of the…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Winter 2016, Vol. 19, No. 2

Tools for Learning Schools, Winter 2016, Vol. 19, No. 2 Newsletters Best-practice takeaways: A new study shows how high-quality professional learning promotes effective teaching and leads to better students outcomes A recent study highlighted a pattern of common professional learning practices across four high-performing education systems – British Columbia, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore. Explore…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Fall 2015, Vol. 19, No. 1

Tools for Learning Schools, Fall 2015, Vol. 19, No. 1 Newsletters Learning team cycle of continuous improvement A team learning cycle is the means for embedding learning in the day-to-day work of teachers, putting their teaching challenges at the forefront and providing support when they need it the most. The five learning stages described here…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Winter 2015, Vol. 18, No. 2

Tools for Learning Schools, Winter 2015, Vol. 18, No. 2 Newsletters CONNECTED CLASSROOMS: Teacher teams use protocols to observe and improve practice Teachers and coaches in a Michigan school district use observation protocols during classroom visits to strengthen collaborative learning and instructional practices. Tool: Preobservation host meeting Use this form to guide a planning discussion…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Fall 2014, Vol. 18, No. 1

Tools for Learning Schools, Fall 2014, Vol. 18, No. 1 Newsletters Build Skills to bring a shared vision to life A shared vision is one critical component of a learning system that supports continuous learning for all. Learn how leaders at every level of a district can build a vision and how such a vision…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Summer 2014, Vol. 17 No. 4

Tools for Learning Schools, Summer 2014, Vol. 17 No. 4 Newsletters Teacher-coach relationships: An excerpt from Coaching Matters In any professional learning program, teachers and coaches must have a good relationship in order to get the work done. Read how to have a productive relationship where teachers and coaches trust one another, respect each other professionally,…

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

Tools for Learning Schools, Spring 2014, Vol. 17 No. 3 Newsletters Professional learning as a creative process: A new learning map for differentiation The 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…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Winter 2014, Vol. 17 No. 2

Tools for Learning Schools, Winter 2014, Vol. 17 No. 2 Newsletters Build a culture that nurtures productive conflict When it comes to resolving conflict within teams, much of the advice you read is about the conversations that take place in groups. However, educators set the stage for productive conflict by creating the right culture, well…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Fall 2013, Vol. 17, No. 1

Tools for Learning Schools, Fall 2013, Vol. 17, No. 1 Newsletters Celebrate professional transitions and successes to drive and sustain implementation Celebrations are an important component for high-quality learning communities and are critical to effective change. See how a middle school principal makes celebrations a norm in her school’s learning community and brings people together…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Summer 2013

Tools for Learning Schools, Summer 2013 Newsletters Crossing the digital divide Educational technology leaders view the so-called “digital divide” as nonexistent and urge schools to integrate technology across the curriculum. Two technology advocates share six professional lessons for successfully integrating technology into schools using resources at hand. Tool: 6 lessons for integrating technology into learning…

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

Tools for Learning Schools, Spring 2013, Vol. 16 No. 3 Newsletters How to evaluate professional learning policies: Match policy to practice for standards implementation 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…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Winter 2013, Vol. 16, No. 2

Tools for Learning Schools, Winter 2013, Vol. 16, No. 2 Newsletters Building relationships through conversation Five years ago, the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education set out to change the perception of professional learning from a burdensome cost to an investment in student learning for a system of Jewish parochial schools. The project successfully…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Fall, 2012, Vol. 16, No. 1

Tools for Learning Schools, Fall, 2012, Vol. 16, No. 1 Newsletters Introducing the Standards for Professional Learning A common question many educators ask about the new Standards for Professional Learning is, “Where do I start?” It can be a daunting task to introduce a new, unfamiliar topic to school and district leaders. The key to…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Summer 2012, Vol. 15, No. 4

Tools for Learning Schools, Summer 2012, Vol. 15, No. 4 Newsletters Research-based practices forge strong family and community partnerships When schools have effective partnerships with families and the community, both students and teachers benefit. Discover the partnership practices that tie family, school, and community partnerships to school improvement goals and student achievement. Tool: An inventory…

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Tools for Learning Schools, Spring 2012 , Vol. 15, No. 3

Tools for Learning Schools, Spring 2012 , Vol. 15, No. 3 Newsletters The why, how, and what of professional learning Educators often focus on what they want to do to improve education. However, beginning with what they want to do may not be the best way to engage in professional learning or connect with colleagues in a…

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