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Building a Collaborative Culture: From Inspiration to Application

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By: Mary Ryerse and Bob Rosenfeld. Creating a collaborative culture takes time and remains a continual process. This post explores how formative assessment can help.

Micro-Grants for Transformative Professional Development

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This Fall, a free open PD library was launched called Learn Next. Now Learn Next and their partners are kicking it up a notch and have released a micro-grant opportunity built especially for districts and organizations who are ready to reimagine and reinvigorate professional development.

The Power of Teacher-to-Teacher Observations: A Formative Assessment Field Trip

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A group of teachers recently set out on an adventure to conduct classroom observations and to seek out answers to some of their key questions about formative assessment. Here's what they learned.

Smart Review | Agilix Dawn

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As a learning design and perhaps more accurately described, solution firm, Getting Smart makes a point of looking at innovations across a wide range of topics, which naturally includes tools that increase equity of access and promote lifelong learning. I recently had an opportunity to catch up with the Agilix team to learn about their latest offering,…

Agilix Announces Dawn to Provide Engaged Learning Anywhere

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Last week Agilix announced the launch of Dawn, a mobile-first, video-centric learner platform. Read this post to learn more about how Dawn combines face-to-face instruction with the accessibility and self-direction of online learning.

Organizational Learning and Collaborative Structures

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Many problems identified specifically with ineffective teaching practices are attributed to teacher isolation. When teachers collaborate, they share experiences and knowledge that can promote learning for instructional improvement.

What Can Student Learning Teach Us About Professional Development for Teachers?

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By: Kathy Dyer. For true learning to take place in a professional development setting, teachers—like students—need to take ownership of their learning. How does that happen? Find out here.

Learn Next: A Toolbox for Educators to Transform Practice

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Many teachers haven’t experienced transformative learning themselves, and as such are not given the chance to learn how to facilitate learning in these types of environments. This new collaborative effort is seeking to change that.

Professional Learning Through the Plan, Observe, Debrief (POD) Model

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By: Denise Stringer and Mary Ryerse. The majority of teachers indicate that collaboration is beneficial to improving their practice, but many yearn for structures to make that process more focused and effective. The POD model of professional learning can help.

Human Development as Professional Development: Fostering District-Wide Well Being

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How can a school district systematically support all the various individual experiences and reactions? Parkland, Florida, has developed an inspirational approach under some of truly trying circumstances. Learn more here.