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Maine school makes dramatic turnaround using PLCs and student assistance teams
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During the 2008-09 school year, Maine's Deer Isle-Stonington High School posted academic scores and statistics that weren't just below state averages. They were below pretty much every other school in Maine. Just 57 percent of students graduated on time that year, the lowest rate of any school in Maine. But just three years later and two years after the state labeled Deer Isle-Stonington High one of 10 "persistently low-achieving" schools in the state, the small island high school boasts figures that speak to a dramatic turnaround. More

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Too often, professional development fails to achieve its intended outcome. While some of the reasons for this failure are obvious, we often still ignore them: great planning with no follow through; no resources to sustain change over time; and lack of recognition of the difficulty of the change process. Implementation is essential to linking professional learning to changed practices and transformed results. More



Teacher professional development in New Jersey — the quiet controversy
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As the Christie administration presses for changes to teacher tenure and evaluation, upcoming revisions to teacher standards and the kinds of professional development that would be required could spark their own debate. In a draft proposal of the new code circulated to the state Board of Education this spring — and then quickly withdrawn — the state's Professional Teacher Standards Board will be dissolved and replaced by a new State Committee on Professional Learning. Each school would be required to develop its own teams to determine professional development needs. The draft also included a new requirement for one classroom period a week of collaborative planning. More


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Education Secretary: England must learn from high performing nations like Japan to radically transform education
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U.K. Education Secretary Stephen Twigg plans to visit Japan to look at how they have reformed education. Japanese teachers engage in a continuous process of school-based professional development. Japan considers participation in professional development a core job requirement, with lesson planning and on-the-job training often taking as much as half of a teachers time. More

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What does effective professional learning mean to today's teachers?
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Professional development is a phrase that's used within many careers, but it seems to hold special weight for the teaching community. Professional development can take many different forms. When tailored to meet individual teachers' needs, professional development can have an overwhelmingly positive impact on teacher satisfaction, student achievement, and school culture. However, when ill-conceived or delivered poorly, professional development can seem like nothing more than a frustrating requirement and a waste of precious time. More


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South Dakota school board talks early release and PLCs
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The Rapid City Area Schools Board of Education in South Carolina got a first look recently at what schools will look like next year under the new professional learning community, including how early releases might be incorporated into the school day. Assistant Superintendent Katie Bray explained that the PLC model uses teacher teams to develop approaches within their schools, ensuring that all students are learning the material. More



New Zealand's focus on quality teachers will raise achievement
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New Zealand Education Minister Hekia Parata said the national government's focus on teaching quality will raise achievement and ensure young people get the skills they need to reach their potential. "We are putting an additional $60 million over four years into boosting teacher recruitment and training, and we will also continue to invest $304 million in professional learning and development over the next four years," said Parata. More

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Florida school board seeks feedback on cutting early release and PD time
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Manatee, Fla., school board members appeared to be leaning toward doing away with "early release Wednesdays," but they want to know how parents and teachers feel before making a final decision. Superintendent Tim McGonegal had recommended to the board that the early release Wednesdays be eliminated. His proposal would no longer provide teachers a long period to focus on planning and professional development. As a result, the plan would reduce professional development time by 25 minutes a week. More


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Lead group learning about the standards with the Facilitator Guide
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Designed to assist facilitators in introducing and helping others implement the standards, this guide is for educators new to the Standards for Professional Learning as well as those familiar with the previous Standards for Staff Development. Download the Facilitator Guide: Standards for Professional Learning here. More

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As a Learning Forward member, you understand the impact professional learning has on educator effectiveness and student achievement. Now you have a chance to share the valuable tools and resources you receive as a member of the Learning Forward community by referring a friend or colleague to join our organization. Receive $10 off your next membership renewal for every new member you recruit. And you can win a free registration to Learning Forward's 2012 Annual Conference. More
 
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