Author: The Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning

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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CenterView: Increasing District Capacity to Implement the Common Core — It Begins With a Partnership

California school districts have been given significant flexibility in how best to support teachers in implementing the Common Core State Standards. This flexibility, in a state with vastly differing local and regional contexts, has resulted in a wide variety of district-level approaches to training teachers in content knowledge and pedagogical strategies aligned to the state standards. Read: Increasing District Capacity to Implement the Common Core — It Begins With a Partnership This three-part CenterView series reports on the perspectives of more than 40 school district leaders across the Golden State and the various ways districts are implementing the standards. This second...

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CenterView: Putting a Lens on Teacher Practice — Video-Based Peer Coaching

Effective teachers frequently reflect on how to improve their practice: Did I scaffold the lesson well? Did I give students enough processing time? How can I help students connect these two key concepts? Read: Putting a Lens on Teacher Practice — Video-Based Peer Coaching Video is a powerful tool for inquiry-based professional learning that gives teachers the rare opportunity to view their own classroom practice, reflect on what they see, and engage in evidence-based discussions that can lead to changes and improvements in their practice. This issue of CenterView explores video-based peer coaching, specifically: How video helps teachers to see what they...

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