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Top Learning Needs for Today's Central Office Staff Member

How do the shifting roles and responsibilities of educators who work in central offices impact their learning needs? Consider key learning topics for helping system-level educators stay at the forefront of learning leadership.

Key Responsibilities for Central Office Staff

What are the duties of a central office staff member eager to ensure that all teachers have access to effective professional learning? The Standards for Professional Learning provide practical guidance.

When Is Professional Learning the Answer? More Often Than You'd Think

Educators face a range of challenges, and more often than not, they don't see them as professional learning issues, but instead as curriculum or discipline problems, for example. Consider how professional learning might be a solution when the questions are framed in new ways.

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