Putting Professional Learning Models to Work

This essay is an excerpt from The Elements: Transforming Teaching through Curriculum-Based Professional Learning, a challenge paper that explores how professional learning anchored in high-quality curriculum materials allows teachers to experience the instruction their students will receive and change their instructional practices, leading to better student outcomes. Cowritten with Stephanie Hirsh, former executive director of … Continued

Equity is on the Ballot

On November 3, we face a critical juncture in our journey toward a more equitable future. After a year of deeply felt hardship, devastating and preventable loss—and so many moments that have required us to reflect on what and whom we value—millions of Americans will exercise their right to vote. As you consider the choices … Continued

It’s easy to mistake engagement for learning. Here’s how I learned the difference.

A classroom observation changed my life. “It’s easy to mistake engagement for learning. Here’s how I learned the difference.” was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: ckbe.at/newsletters. As a middle school social studies teacher, I took a lot of pride in coming up with … Continued

This is Our Moment for Integrated Schools

Editor’s Note: Over the next year, we’ll be talking to program alumni, our partners, community members, and education leaders about equity and anti-racism in action. Our hope is to highlight diverse ideas and perspectives that build towards a comprehensive vision for educational equity. This interview has been condensed and edited. FACING HARD TRUTHS Nearly a … Continued

What is Impact?

Recently, Leading Educators announced that Laura Meili will step into the role of Chief Impact Officer, a shift that will put greater focus on supporting partners to understand what’s changing in their schools in complex ways. This move comes at a critical time for the education community as school systems respond to the dual threats … Continued

We All Need Someone to Believe in Us

Meet LaKimbre Brown, Chief of Networks Dr. LaKimbre Brown recently joined Leading Educators as the new Chief of Networks. Throughout her 22-year education career, she has made equity, fairness, and belonging for students her personal mission. In this conversation, she shares about the experiences that have shaped her leadership and her vision. Adan Garcia: Let’s … Continued

Leading and Learning from a Distance

In Conversation with Morris Jeff Community School Leading up to March 16, 2020, there were whispers that New Orleans Parish Public Schools might have to close. The leaders at Morris Jeff Community School began to build a distance learning plan. Within the week, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a directive for all schools to … Continued

Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter. Today, yesterday, always.  Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Dreasjon “Sean” Reed. David McAtee. Nina Pop. Tony McDade. We say your names to make visible the beautiful lives cut short by hate and the burden of living in a country whose soul has been scarred by racism from the very beginning. We … Continued

‘Doing better’ in the classroom — conventional or virtual

“Would you rather eat fried spiders or pickled snakes?” Kelly Compher found that her North Godwin Elementary fourth graders were pretty well split on the matter, and for various reasons. “I would choose pickled snakes, because it has the word ‘pickle’ in it,” said one student. This exchange took place in a Google Classroom, but … Continued

4 Principles for Inclusive Virtual Learning

Many educators are currently planning and leading virtual learning for the first time. It can feel like a big adjustment. Similar to the way that teachers are having to adapt their lessons for remote instruction, school systems are grappling with how to provide professional learning for teachers. We know that when teachers learn, students learn, … Continued