The Importance of High-Quality Instructional Materials

Learning Forward has released a special open-access issue of The Learning Professional. It builds on a vital topic for educators: the use of high-quality instructional materials. All students deserve access to high-quality content, and all teachers deserve support to implement it well. The message from research is straightforward: instructional materials matter. Good materials in the Read more about The Importance of High-Quality Instructional Materials[…]

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Teacher Coaching Can Boost Instruction and Student Achievement. But Can It Be Scaled Up?

One-on-one teacher coaching generates meaningful improvements to both classroom instruction and student achievement, according to a newly published meta-analysis of existing research. But there’s a tricky caveat: Efforts to expand coaching programs on a wider scale might only dilute their value, the authors find. Key takeaways from this study include the following: Coaching programs tend Read more about Teacher Coaching Can Boost Instruction and Student Achievement. But Can It Be Scaled Up?[…]

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Practice What You Teach: Connecting Curriculum and Professional Learning in Schools

A new report by Ross Wiener and Susan Pimentel of the Aspen Institute makes the case for integrating curriculum into professional learning so teachers can focus on creating engaging learning environments, responding to the needs of their students, and continuously improving their craft. Practice What You Teach: Connecting Curriculum and Professional Learning in Schools  highlights Read more about Practice What You Teach: Connecting Curriculum and Professional Learning in Schools[…]

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Programs Versus Practices: What’s the “What” in What Works?

Ruth Neild of the American Youth Policy Forum recently provided advice on what types of interventions educators should be looking for when they strive to meet the ESSA evidence standards. Her explanation encompasses programs, models, policies, practices, and products. Excerpts of her piece appear below: “Invest in what works, and stop doing what doesn’t!” This, Read more about Programs Versus Practices: What’s the “What” in What Works?[…]

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Reimagining the School Day: Innovative Schedules for Teaching and Learning

Teachers in the U.S. spend far more time engaged in active instruction than their peers in other parts of the world. Yet some of teachers’ most important responsibilities–such as planning and collaborating with peers–require non-instructional time. Fortunately, there are several promising models schools have used for creative scheduling to provide teachers with the time they Read more about Reimagining the School Day: Innovative Schedules for Teaching and Learning[…]

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Preparing Teachers for a Project-Based World

The Getting Smart team has released Preparing Teachers for a Project-Based World, a publication exploring how teacher preparation and professional learning can align to–and be modeled after–the types of deeper learning environments we seek to create for students. This publication is part of Getting Smart’s year long It’s a Project-Based World campaign. Drawing upon the Read more about Preparing Teachers for a Project-Based World[…]

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Agile in Education

There is a new movement in education called the Agile Schools Movement. The approach models classroom instruction and school reform itself on the principles of Agile software development and related methods like Lean, Kanban, and Scrum. Agile in Education is not about the use of technology products and services. Instead, the focus is on the Read more about Agile in Education[…]

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For Every Child, Multiple Measures

The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) has released a new report focused on parents’ perceptions of assessments: their development, administration, and the use of the resulting data.  In For Every Child, Multiple Measures:  What Parents and Educators Want from K-12 Assessments, the researchers found that parents, teachers and district administrators hold similar views on their top Read more about For Every Child, Multiple Measures[…]

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