As 2013 comes to a close, Learning Forward would like to wish its members, partners, and other education professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide readers of Learning Forward’s PD Watch with a look at the top 10 most-accessed posts from 2013, in decreasing order.
A Professional Learning Pop Quiz and Summer Homework
Here’s a quick pop quiz you can take to determine if your school and or system is on the right track in how it approaches professional learning.
An Open Letter of Hope to Teacher Leaders
Stephanie Hirsh sends teacher leaders around the world a message of hope for their new school year.
10 Good Ways to Ensure Bad Professional Learning
Laura R. Thomas shares the best possible ways to waste professional development time and money.
Collaboration Strikes Again — Or Are Schools Striking Collaboration?
A new report from the National Center for Literacy Education found that teachers value learning collaboratively with their peers but have insufficient time built into their workdays to do so.
We Can’t Give Teachers Time for Learning, or Can We?
Stephanie Hirsh rebuffs the two most-cited reasons schools are not able to give educators professional learning time during their regular work schedules.
3 Types of Networks Every Educator Must Join
Three types of learning networks have the power to support educator learning, individual and collective growth, and shared responsibility.
Getting Serious About Evaluating Professional Development
Bryant Gillis, a middle school principal serving on the Kentucky Task Force for Professional Learning, discusses the importance of changing from a culture of professional development to a culture of professional learning, especially when combined with the introduction and deconstruction of the Common Core State Standards.
Six ‘E’ Words Essential to Student Success
Learning Forward’s vision, our E6 statement, must become reality, defining education practice in every school system.
The Missing Link in Teacher Evaluation
New forms of teacher evaluation are taking root throughout the country, but a new report from the Southern Regional Education Board unintentionally reveals the initiatives’ serious limitations when it comes to transitioning teachers from objects of evaluation to engaged learners.
Superintendents Need a New View on Professional Learning
A recent survey indicates that superintendents don’t have confidence in their districts’ professional development. With their sustained attention to this school improvement strategy, perhaps their perspectives could shift.
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