October 6, 2021
Professional Learning SmartBrief
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Global survey gauges tech PD for teachers
About 40% of teachers have received training in the past year to use communication platforms such as Zoom and 32% report engaging in professional development for "video resources," according to a global survey of 20,000 educators from 165 countries. The research shows that math teachers were less likely to undergo such training than their peers who teach other subjects.
Full Story: Education Week/Market Brief (9/27) 
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Design and Practice
Student-Centered Teaching and Learning
Research: Teachers have tools to motivate students
Teachers have more influence than parents when it comes to motivating students to learn, according to an analysis of 144 studies, involving nearly 80,000 students, by researchers from Australia and Canada. Researchers say the analysis concludes that competency, belonging and autonomy are keys to motivation.
Full Story: The Hechinger Report (9/27) 
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Leadership Focus
Principal improves PD after teaching hybrid class
Jessica Cabeen, a middle-school principal in Minnesota, stepped in to teach a class while also maintaining her leadership responsibilities when the school adopted hybrid instruction last year. In this interview, Cabeen says the experience helped her better plan professional development for teachers because she was teaching, too.
Full Story: K-12 Dive (9/28) 
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BetterLesson Recommends
School administrators have been working to ensure student success through every shift in student's learning environment since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instructional coach, Kennedy Schultz, highlights three important lessons from 2020 that support educational leaders' development of reflective practices in schools.
Full Story: T.H.E. Journal (9/8) 
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Accelerating growth of all students is a common goal in schools right now. Using three interconnected outcomes, we can achieve growth acceleration with a focus on closing temporary learning gaps and creating conditions for our learning environments to become more student-centered for the long-run. Full Story: BetterLesson (9/29)
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We can't let people drive wedges between us ... because there's only one human race.
Dolores Huerta,
labor leader, civil rights activist
National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
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