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

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

What Makes Professional Learning Actually Work for Teachers?

Across the country, we’re seeing a promising shift in professional learning that is getting sustainable results at a large scale. When teachers have strong support to work together on lessons that inspire and excite students, schools become more equitable. So, what’s the difference between traditional “PD”—widely seen as a waste of time and resources—and this … Continued

Lessons from Louisiana: Collaborative Planning that Works

Sara Neal is a Senior Director at Leading Educators. She has supported dozens of Louisiana schools to establish strong leadership and professional development systems since 2014. Sara has been an educator for more than 20 years, and she was a member of Leading Educators’ first cohort. “Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess … Continued

Not One-Size-Fits-All

Lessons Learned From Tulsa Schools It is often said that school systems get the results they are designed to produce. Education leaders know that they need to enable key shifts in teaching and learning to make equity the reality for every student, but it can be challenging to know where to start. Our partners at … Continued

4 Ways to Enhance Your Equity Strategy

Leading Educators’ CEO Chong-Hao Fu joined Education Talk Radio to talk about ways districts can build on teachers’ strengths to accelerate equity in schools. We pulled out some of the can’t miss moments from the conversation. Strong curricula grants access to critical knowledge. “This is about access to college preparatory rigorous work and access is … Continued

Curriculum (and much more) matters

There’s a lot of talk about the importance of adopting high-quality instructional materials so teachers have the resources to bring powerful learning to life.  But the latest research and our own experience shows that only adopting new materials is not enough to make a reliable difference in how much students learn.  So what’s the answer? … Continued

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

SuLyn Weaver is a math educator of 19 years with Kentwood Public Schools in Greater Grand Rapids, where she also serves as a teacher leader. She is active on Twitter at @eunmi220.   This summer, my family didn’t take any big vacations or go to the beach. We did spend some time in the sun, … Continued

Taking Coherence Across the Chasm in Tulsa

Nearly one year ago, Leading Educators launched an innovative partnership with Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) to help teachers foster equity in the classroom by developing their practice.  Today, these efforts are the focus of a new publication, “Taking Coherence Across the Chasm”, which highlights the importance of adopting a coherent instructional approach and districts who … Continued

Bringing Excellent and Equitable Teaching to Life in D.C.

When D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and Leading Educators launched LEAP (LEarning together to Advance our Practice) in 2016, many saw the potential for a significant teaching and learning evolution.  More than three years later, “The Path to Instructional Excellence and Equitable Outcomes,” a new report from Learning Forward, shares lessons learned from system investments that … Continued