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The Elements

As schools undergo drastic change, teachers are being asked to teach in ways that they themselves were never taught. Rather than focus on engagement for the sake of engagement, teachers are being asked to lead inquiry-based learning that centers students. Research shows that curricula and instructional materials can make a large impact on student learning, and that it is essential for teachers to have access to strong professional learning that guides them to make the most of the curricula.

The Elements: Transforming Teaching through Curriculum-Based Professional Learning is a new paper from Carnegie Corporation of New York 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. Leading Educators staff contributed to the design of the framework and a model from LE’s work with the District of Columbia Public Schools’ LEAP program.

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Want to learn more?

Take a deeper dive into two models of curriculum-based professional learning from our work. First, learn more about DC Public Schools’ trajectory to launching the LEAP program. Second, explore Tulsa Public Schools’ efforts to create coherence across support initiatives for teachers and students.