January 5, 2022
Professional Learning SmartBrief
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What is flexible PD?
Flexible professional development -- like flexible learning -- offers teachers more leeway in how, what, when and where they receive PD, according to Marcia DeSalvo, a veteran teacher and the director of teaching and learning at a Philadelphia charter school. In this article, DeSalvo writes about lessons learned from adopting a flex PD model.
Full Story: Edutopia (12/9) 
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Design and Practice
Student-Centered Teaching and Learning
Educators explain shift to evidence-based literacy
A structured literacy approach has improved outcomes for students at a Massachusetts school, write Principal Victoria Thompson of UP Academy Holland; Elizabeth Wolfson, reading specialist and instructional coach; and Mandy Hollister, teacher and instructional coach. In this commentary, they share how the shift to evidence-based literacy instruction made the difference in the school.
Full Story: The 74 (12/13) 
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Leadership Focus
How some schools are embracing coaching for teachers
Regularly scheduled coaching time for teachers can help improve student achievement, according to an Alabama Education Lab analysis. "You play a 48-minute [football] game on Friday night, but the rest of the time you're developing a plan and implementing a plan," said Opelika City Schools Superintendent Mark Neighbors, who dedicates a weekly, 80-minute block for teacher coaching.
Full Story: AL (Alabama) (12/6) 
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Unfinished learning is high on teachers' priority lists this school year. But in bringing students up to speed, maintaining depth over coverage is essential for closing existing gaps and accelerating growth. Read more.
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