Professional Learning News - January 2017





New report! Explore micro-credentials through the lens of the standards


Learning Forward
Co-published by Learning Forward and Digital Promise, Micro-credentials for Impact: Holding Professional Learning to High Standards, seeks to chart a course for leveraging a micro-credentialing system to enable more educators to achieve the potential of professional learning.

The paper uses the Standards for Professional Learning as a frame to provide guidance to everyone involved in micro-credentials to ensure that learners experience the research-based elements of professional learning essential to achieving ambitious outcomes for students.

Download the report now.


Inspire your PLCs with these tips


Learning Forward
New Year's is a time for reflection, celebration, and oh yes, resolutions. This year, instead of making a promise to yourself, why not channel the #sharekindness that has been trending in 2016, and make a promise to yourself and your team? Kathleen O'Flynn and her team did just that earlier this year, and in only a few short months they are celebrating the joy and connectivity that has come from creating a professional learning community that is truly tailored to meet the needs of everyone on their 10-person team — from new to veteran principals and administrators.


Lessons from Singapore


Long known for its high achievement in core academic subjects, Singapore is now also blazing a trail as a leader in rethinking approaches to education to prepare students for an increasingly complex global economy. A year ago, we led a delegation of 25 Massachusetts educators to Singapore to learn from that nation's success educating students for the 21st century. In preparation for this visit we met with senior staff of the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education leading our educator preparation efforts and we sharpened the focus of our visit to have it center on teacher and school principal preparation and support.



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The 10 key elements of transformational coaching


Education Week Teacher
All too often, teaching is done in isolation with inadequate support, contributing to high turnover. This is unnecessary. With the help of instructional coaches, schools can become places where dialogue and reflection about practice drive student learning. Teachers can receive better preparation and support for the rigorous complexities of the profession. A culture of "critical friends" can grow, which will elevate discussions and processes around teaching and learning in the school.





Give the Gift of PD
What's the best gift you can give your educators this holiday season? Something that means the world and never loses its value? How about the gift of personalized and meaningful PD? It's the gift that keeps on giving, and we know just where you can get it! LEARN MORE


School board undergoes professional development


The Daily Reporter
During a recent work session, the Spencer School Board utilized a written scenario to conduct a workshop designed to aide the member's ability to handle delicate situations. The board also discussed negotiation strategies in an exempt session in preparation for district proposals. "Everyone in the Spencer Community School District participates in professional development that is appropriate for their position," Terry Hemann, Spencer superintendent, said. Every staff and faculty member goes through professional development to ensure each part of the school is functioning at full capacity.



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Nebraska school board chooses Friday late start for PLCs


Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise
The Blair (Nebraska) Board of Education voted 8-1 to schedule its new professional learning communities for teachers in the morning on Fridays, rather than dismissing school early on Wednesdays. For the past year, the district has been developing a plan to implement professional learning communities — a teacher collaboration process, commonly used in other area schools, that aims to improve student performance.





It's Time to Refocus

Use eleot® to perform classroom observations that take a look at what really matters in your classroom – your students. LEARN MORE


Australian teacher training program gets extra funding


The Educator
The Australian federal government has announced a $20.5 million funding boost for its Teach for Australia program. The funding will run until 2021 and see up to 300 more teachers participate. The program has a strong focus on peer observation, professional development and intensive mentoring, common practices in the world's most effective and high-achieving schooling systems.



Last Chance! Accelerate Reading Achievement
CORE’s online course teaches proven instructional practices to help all students become strong readers. Uses the highly-acclaimed Teaching Reading Sourcebook. Starts Jan 26. Learn more.



Canisius looks to enhance its teacher education program with new center on urban education


The Buffalo News
Canisius College aims to enhance teacher education and bolster learning in urban schools by launching a Center for Urban Education, in partnership with a national non-profit organization, the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education. College officials the new center, which will use NUA approaches to improve teacher education. The organization emphasizes research-based pedagogy, teacher recruitment and retention, professional development and mentorship, and networking for teaching professionals and students.




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Apply to present in Orlando


Learning Forward
Mark your calendar! Apply to present in Orlando December 2-6, 2017, and share your expertise with educators from around the world. The proposal deadline is February 1, 2017.

Have you ever wondered how we get such great content at our conferences? Right now the Orlando host committee is working hard to identify more than 80 qualified reviewers who make sure each proposal submission is reviewed multiple times by both practitioners in the field and Learning Forward experts. Submit your proposal today.





CAR - The Connected Action Roadmap
A process of school improvement that brings coherence to the work of educators by connecting standards, student learning, assessment, professional learning, educator effectiveness, and school climate and culture to the work of professional learning communities.
Learn more about CAR and how to use its blended online learning modules. Call (609) 860-1200.



Now accepting applications to the Learning Forward Academy!


Learning Forward
This is not your typical learning experience.

Bring your biggest challenge, related to adult or student learning, to the Academy coaches and other participants.

In collaboration, you will clarify the authentic problems of practice, build knowledge and skills, and work together to develop solutions.

Transform your practice and your organization through this unique learning experience.

Application deadline: March 15.




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