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Learning Forward announces Kentucky task force for Common Core Initiative
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As part of Learning Forward's initiative to develop a statewide, comprehensive professional learning system to support educators in Kentucky as the state implements Common Core State Standards, more than 40 members of the Kentucky education community have been selected to serve on a task force to lead the initiative. The task force will review current policies and recommendations to charter a new course in statewide professional development standards that is tied to the Common Core. More

Commentary: Time is not on teachers' side
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A quick glance at the research on high-achieving countries reflects a focus on teachers being afforded the time to collaborate throughout the school year. Collaboration among teachers has been recognized by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future as crucial to making the teaching profession more rewarding. The NEA's plan for improving schools calls for compensated time for teachers to collaborate to promote continuous improvement of teaching and learning in order to achieve shared goals. More

The Finnish experience of empowering teachers includes PD
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A contributing ingredient in the Finnish success story after four decades of systematic reform is the extensive preparation for all teachers. Teachers there, as well as in many of the high-achieving nations, are given time for regular collaboration on issues of instruction. Teachers in Finnish schools meet at least one afternoon each week to jointly plan and develop the curriculum. Provision is also made available for professional development within the teachers' workweek. More

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California's Alamos Elementary School recognized for success in creating PLC
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Alamos Elementary School in Murrieta was one of the 25 California schools to be recognized by Solution Tree for its quality and success in creating a professional learning community. Alamos is one of the Temecula Valley Unified School District's highest performing schools. It scored a 938 on the Academic Performance Index in 2011, second-highest in Riverside County. In March, it was named a 2012 California Distinguished School. More

For teachers, more time for teamwork
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As a teacher, Cara Bucciarelli cannot imagine her profession without collaboration. As a world language teacher in Chicago Public Schools, she has looked everywhere for opportunities to collaborate with other teachers. And she has worked for more teacher collaboration throughout the district. Recently, the proposed 2012-2013 CPS calendar came out, showing a reduction in time for professional learning. As a teacher about to complete her fourth year with CPS, Bucciarelli wonders: Will opportunities for district-wide collaboration continue to exist? More

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In this keynote session from the 21st Century Learning Institute, Will Richardson shares eight shifts necessary to fully utilize Internet technology as a continuous learning opportunity. This package includes a 72-minute DVD with the video session and a CD with materials to support team or individual professional learning, an excerpt from the book 21st Century Skills, and relevant web links.

St. Paul, Minn., schools to invest $6.4 million to support job-embedded PD and collaboration time
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St. Paul, Minn., schools plan to spend an additional $27 million next school year — a boost to the district's Strong Schools, Strong Communities plan to raise achievement. The money will go toward lowering class sizes and building more professional development into the school week, among other things. The district will make a $6.4 million investment in job-embedded professional development — time set aside each week to coordinate and brainstorm in teams of educators. More

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Maine educators advocate for budget that supports ongoing, job-embedded PD
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Part of the proposed budget for Maine's Scarborough School District includes an overhaul to its professional development system. "Giving teachers time built into their daily schedules to implement strategies, to talk to their colleagues about what's working — making adjustments and feeding that directly back into their practice with students — is really the direction we want our teachers to go," said Kelly Mullen-Martin, principal at Pleasant Hill Elementary School More

PLCs help Delaware schools navigate bumps in the road as part of 'Race to the Top'
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At the midpoint of the school year, Delaware education officials at the state level down to the school level are looking at winter test scores. While none of the scores are hitting the proficiency percentage goals set for the spring, officials said improvements are on the right track. Dr. Dorothy Nave, superintendent of Laurel School District, and Mark Holodick, superintendent for Brandywine School District, both credit Professional Learning Communities with bringing staff together to share student data and plans. They give PLCs some of the credit for improved student scores. More

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Oregon school board will experience ongoing PD to help members understand PLC processes
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The La Grande school board has decided to take part in the Oregon Lighthouse Project, a program designed to raise academic achievement in school districts by helping board members fine-tune their leadership skills. Through the Oregon Lighthouse Project, school boards are provided with leadership lessons by the Oregon School Boards Association. A key reason the school board signed up for the Lighthouse Project is to receive guidance to help it better lead the district's new Professional Learning Communities program. More

Commentary: Where teachers are replaceable widgets, education suffers
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We have become convinced that in our nation's struggling urban schools, teachers and would-be education reformers are battling through a hurricane that shows no signs of abating. We call this hurricane "churn." Churn is a remarkable instability among school personnel that makes it nearly impossible to build a professional community or develop long-term relationships with students. It happens when teachers are treated like interchangeable parts, which can be moved around cavalierly to plug a hole in a school schedule. More

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Bainbridge Island, Wash., educators advocate for more early-release days to increase PD
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Bainbridge schools in the state of Washington have proposed letting kids out early once a week to give teachers time for professional development. Currently, students have a monthly half-day, which amounts to about 180 minutes. But the district and teachers felt that they needed more training to go over new district policies and procedures. They also want time to design homework and lessons around new literacy and math curricula, and plan for a stronger focus on sciences. More

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Learning communities bring results for teachers in South Africa
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The comfort of knowing that other teachers face classroom challenges similar to your own is only one of the basic supports that all teachers need. Yet, setting up and sustaining teacher networks to provide such support is as difficult as it is essential. Hamsa Venkat, professor of numeracy at the University of the Witwatersrand, spoke at a recent seminar on teacher networks at the University of Johannesburg, which explored how such networks can enable the sharing of everything from subject knowledge to the hard-won teaching tips classroom experience provides. More
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