Professional Development Tag

How School Districts are Offering Professional Learning Systems under ESSA

The Frontline Research & Learning Institute released a report examining how school districts are offering professional learning systems under ESSA. In reviewing more than 200 school districts across the country, the report highlights New York’s Greece Central School District as a “model for professional development that is...

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Recommendations for Professional Development and Student Engagements Around Assessments

The National Task Force on Assessment Education and the Council of Chief State School Officers released a recommendations “for professional development and parent and student engagement around assessments.” The guidance “helps states and districts discover provisions and flexibility in ESSA” and “outlines specific policies, practices, and language that improve individual student...

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Teach Plus Fellow Stresses the Important Opportunities Under ESSA

Sarah White, fifth grade teacher and Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow, stressed the important opportunity that states have under ESSA to “reinvent professional development practices.” White called for the usage of Title II funds to “focus on developing and implementing long-term, teacher-led, and selected opportunities for...

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Leveraging ESSA for Professional Learning System Improvement

Executive Director of Learning Forward, Stephanie Hirsh, authored a piece in Education Week on leveraging ESSA for professional learning system improvement. Due to the several mentions of professional development within the act’s language, Hirsh argued this is an “indication that Congress recognizes its importance achieving...

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Study Finds Professional Development for Teachers Lacking

Frontline Research and Learning Institute found that only 20 percent of professional development and training for teachers meets the definition of “high-quality professional learning” under ESSA. In order for ESSA requirements to be met, professional development must meet six conditions: 1. not a stand-alone, short-term...

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EWA Seminar Teaches Journalists “ABC’s of ESSA”

The Education Writers Association is hosting a seminar for journalists on the “ABC’s of ESSA” in Chicago on October 6th and 7th. Participants will engage in discussions focused on accountability systems, student assessment, federal funding, and educator retention. More information on the event can be...

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Hammond Calls for Evaluation of School Funding Laws

In a recent interview with Ed Surge, Linda Darling Hammond, founder of the Learning Policy Institute, argued that while strong schools are present in the United States, new state plans under ESSA could “become punitive if they rely on a test-based approach with sanctions” or...

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Hirsh Raises 5 Critical Questions About ESSA

Stephanie Hirsh, executive director of Learning Forward, raises five questions on how ESSA can improve professional development and learning. Hirsh argues that education leaders who “prioritize building systems for professional learning will be best positioned to leverage ESSA to achieve excellence and equity in every...

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NCTAF Teacher Contestants Agree on Three Main Points

According to Education Week, the National Commission of Teaching & America’s Future’s (NCTAF) Agents for Learning Competition asked teacher contestants to develop plans and present how they plan to utilize ESSA in the classroom. Of the finalists, three distinct points were continuously brought up: Teachers...

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