Author: The Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning

California teachers feel more power and influence than peers in other states, survey finds

John Fensterwald, EdSource California teachers, more than peers in other states, feel empowered to voice their opinions and say they have influence over decisions and policies in their schools. In increasing numbers, they say they are satisfied with the instructional materials they are using and the school based, peer-led training they are receiving. The latest survey results coincide with data collected from 16 states for the Santa Cruz-based New Teacher Center that found appreciably higher test results in schools where their teachers have a… Read the Full Story on...

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California Standards Implementation: What Educators Are Saying

Since 2015, with sponsorship from the California State Board of Education, WestEd has reported on surveys and focus groups with California educators about current implementation of the state’s English language arts (ELA) and mathematics standards and associated supports. The effort is part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s larger Measure to Learn and Improve (MLI) initiative examining the implementation of new college- and career-ready standards across 12 states. In this knowledge brief, we summarize findings from the RAND Corporation’s most recent American Teacher Panel (ATP) surveys administered to California teachers, alongside lessons learned from related ongoing research and...

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CenterView: Teachers Leading the Way — Teacher-to-Teacher Professional Learning

Teacher leaders are positioned to help other teachers reflect on their practice, try new pedagogical approaches, and work through instruction-related struggles — ultimately, leading to a change in instructional practice. In order to be effective in their new leadership roles, however, teacher leaders need support in developing leadership skills and require site-level conditions that foster teacher-to-teacher professional learning. Read: Teachers Leading the Way — Teacher-to-Teacher Professional Learning This CenterView issue looks at how teacher leaders are enacting teacher leader-led professional learning and what school administrators can do to support and sustain this impactful approach to improving teaching and learning....

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CenterView: Forging Partnerships — A Model for Teacher Leadership Development

In the current landscape of rigorous standards implementation, teacher leadership is gaining increased attention and interest as a school improvement practice. Moreover, the Every Student Succeeds Act calls out teacher leadership as an intervention strategy. How can districts foster strong teacher leadership where teachers are prepared and empowered to lead collaborative learning opportunities with peers, while helping to build a school or district’s instructional leadership capacity? Read: Forging Partnerships — A Model for Teacher Leadership Development This CenterView focuses on teacher leaders as instructional leaders and how districts can enable successful teacher leadership to improve standards-aligned instructional practices. In...

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June 2 Webinar: Teachers as Instructional Leaders and How District Staff Can Support Them

Join us for a webinar on what’s working—and what more can be done—to bolster districts’ ability to support teacher leadership through effective partnerships. June 2nd, 2017 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT Register Today Teacher leadership is widely understood to not only improve classroom practices by promoting peer-led professional development, but to also create positive teaching climates and increase educator retention. One way that districts can increase their capacity to support teacher leaders is through partnerships with outside organizations that can provide guidance, pedagogical content knowledge, and other resources that foster teacher leadership. This highly interactive online learning event...

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