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Is Your PLC Ready to Succeed?

Is Your PLC Ready to Succeed?

Assess your PLC's effectiveness against these five key areas.

The focus on state and national standards, high-stakes testing, and student growth has prompted schools to apply the old adage that two heads are better than one. School administrators and a few teacher leaders...
Author: Bobb Darnell
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Tags: PLCs

Contributing by Writing

Writing for education publications is a thrill. It’s synergistic, too. Writing about teaching makes us better teachers, and teaching students makes us better writers. And though we may not realize it at first,...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Spread the Word ... Share the Learning!

Spread the Word ... Share the Learning!

The sessions... The speakers... The tweets... The conversations... The strategies... The ideas... The attendees! All of these ingredients (and more) made for a thrilling and informative recipe in Nashville at...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Professional Learning and Professional Development in the Middle Grades

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Practitioners, policymakers, and researchers have touted the importance of improving educator quality as fundamental to enhancing school and student outcomes (Darling-Hammond, Wei, Andree, Richardson, & Orphanos,...
Author: Dana L. Bickmore
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Building Teacher Collaboration School-wide

Building Teacher Collaboration School-wide

Models for teacher collaboration are ineffective without true participation.

Teacher collaboration has been a common element of middle grades initiatives for years, typically one or more of these three organizational models: common planning time, professional learning communities, and critical...
Author: Micki M. Caskey, Jan Carpenter
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Growth Buddies: Priceless Professional Development

Growth Buddies: Priceless Professional Development

Having a colleague who serves as a sounding board and a support system is a valuable part of professional development.

It all started when… Michele: "It all started because my last hour French students were driving me crazy. Becky was teaching in an eighth grade English classroom kitty-corner from mine, and I wandered in. I...
Author: Rebecca Kordatzky, Michele Lapean-Usher
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Lessons Learned from a Startup

Education is indeed a noble calling. Among and between the frustrations, red tape, glacial speed of change, monotony, and normal emotional fallout of “crucial conversations,” there are those wonderful,...
Author: Jason Larocque
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Teacher Collaboration: Keys to Common Core Success

Teacher Collaboration: Keys to Common Core Success

A new survey sheds light on keys to successful implementation of Common Core State Standards.

Think about the Common Core State Standards as an ambitious remodeling project happening all over the country. Forty-six states and the District of Columbia have adopted new shared goals for what their students should...
Author: Catherine Awsumb Nelson
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Tags: Literacy
For the Love of a Story

For the Love of a Story

Everyone loves a good story. Stories excite and energize. They comfort and bond. They spread optimism and goodwill, and they take the listener unexpected places, teaching important and often surprising lessons....
Author: Carolyn Bunting
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An End to the "Close Your Door and Do Your Own Thing" Era

An End to the "Close Your Door and Do Your Own Thing" Era

It seems like everywhere you turn, you can find a study that says that the teacher is the number one factor impacting student achievement. No kidding, right? I think many of us in the field have known this for a long...
Author: Krista M. Venza
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