Harness the power of teacher collaboration and engagement to see real results for students! Welcome to Transform Academy, where committed teachers become teacher leaders, empowered to revitalize learning cultures while keeping the future in mind. This boundary-breaking professional-learning process—centered on teacher voice and grounded in foundations of collaboration and data-informed planning—challenges schools to move beyond accountability standards and toward innovative learning that ignites student engagement. As you follow the story of Transform Academy, you’ll find accompanying action steps to help you implement the process, along with strategies to inspire personalized instruction and redesign learning environments. Other supports include: • Detailed and inspiring vignettes • Relevant research connections • Questions for discussion • Activities and prompts for individuals and teams • Links to professional-learning standards Follow Transform Academy’s journey of discovery, and see the results for yourself. Minding the Future outlines a very clear framework for how a school might reimagine professional learning in support of results for students. What’s especially helpful are the tools and resources that will help educators through every step of the process. Thank you for bringing this great resource to the field! Frederick Brown, Deputy Executive Director, Learning Forward If you’ve been searching for proven strategies on creating a vision, planning, and establishing a learning culture ready for transformation, this is it. Written with knowledge only gained from experience, Minding the Future presents readers with clear plans, brought to life with anecdotes and stories, to lead their own professional learning transformations. This book is for educators wishing to embrace the future head-on and hand in hand! Linda Macias, Associate Superintendent, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Houston, TX

Introduction to the Transform Academy

Introduction to the Transform Academy

The electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles.

—OREN HARARI

Scope, Purpose, and Goals

Simply stated, the Transform Academy is a facilitated professional “Think Tank” in which teachers meet once a month for a year to study and implement innovative instructional best practices as a Professional Learning Community (PLC). During this year, teachers are asked to implement their new learning by following a Personal Learning Plan (PLP), which they develop with a team or individually. Their projects are then showcased at a Learning Fair at the end of the year. Although an academy may be led by principals or lead teachers at a campus, the work we describe in this book was led by a ...

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