When school systems learn, professional practice improves and student achievement increases

Picture this: Teachers sharing insights and challenges. Principals leading with trust. Central office leaders inspiring and supporting principals. A synergistic learning system that results in all students succeeding. This practitioner's guide to creating a system-wide learning organization focuses on professional learning as the stimulus to improving student achievement. Experienced superintendents Paul Ash and John D'Auria provide a blueprint to: - Improve schools through system-wide professional learning; - Increase student achievement by instilling a deep-rooted culture of curiosity; - Bolster faculty and staff morale with trust-building initiatives; - Align professional development with student-centered district standards

Capacity Building for All Educators

Capacity building for all educators

In Chapter 4, we discussed how collaboration is one of the key drivers that will improve both teacher and student learning. In this chapter, we focus on other ways schools and districts can increase teacher learning so as to expand their capacity to increase student learning. We discuss why schools need to change from the traditional model of teacher professional development, one that is primarily based on individual teacher needs, to a new, more effective model of professional development based on what teachers need to learn in order to identify and address student needs.

Before describing the advantages and disadvantages of different models of professional development, we will first discuss three underlying assumptions of all professional development ...

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