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3 Lessons Learned From Race to the Top

Stephanie Hirsh considers the federal Race to the Top initiative and how it may advance stakeholders' understanding of and support for effective professional learning.

Education Fairy Tales Put to Rest Through Research

Carol François shares some popular education myths that have been debunked by John Hattie and Greg Yates in their book Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn.

Within a Learning System, All Students Experience Great Teaching

We have many good schools throughout North America. In too many cases, however, children go each day to a school that is not very good. For all students to attend excellent schools, we need school districts that are learning systems. At Learning Forward, we believe this goal is attainable; however, reaching it requires that all school districts focus more intently on learning.

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    Colleen, There are excellent resources in two places. One is a whole chapter on facilitating learning teams in Becoming a Learning School . The other is School-based Professional Learning for Implementing Common Core, Units 2 and 3. Unit 2 concentrates...

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