Why professional learning
is essential in education today
It’s not uncommon to hear people talk about professional learning for teachers as a “nice to have.” It’s often thought of as a bonus for teachers that’s only tangentially related to the work they do in the classroom. But as any veteran educator will tell you, professional learning isn’t just important to teaching: it’s essential.
There are few educator prep programs that can fully prepare new teachers for the realities of today’s classroom, and professional learning is critical for helping them respond to and prepare for the wide variety of challenges they’ll face in their jobs. Like with so many other skills, mastering teaching requires practice, support from peers, and continual learning.View article
This straightforward professional learning plan will get you up and running in your first year with MAP Growth, with support to administer assessments, analyze data, and take action.
For this episode, we’re once again joined by Dr. Chase Nordengren, principal research lead for Effective Instructional Strategies at NWEA to talk about teacher-led approaches to academic recovery.
Chase works closely with leading scholars from around the globe to turn theory into actionable practices to drive instructional improvement. His latest study, High Growth for All, captured ways teachers in one Chicago-area district are leading the academic recovery effort and producing above average academic growth over multiple years for kids across the achievement spectrum
Chase is also the author of Step into Student Goal Setting: A Path to Growth, Motivation, and Agency from Corwin Press.
“Professional learning should be intensive, collaborative, job-embedded, and data-driven.”
Jacob hops from the host’s chair to the hot seat as he sits down with Kailey to discuss his journey through the education world to become a leader in professional development for teachers. Starting with his time working with abused & neglected children, Jacob realized how much he would need to continue to grow to best serve his students. After time as a high school math teacher and coach for math educators, Jacob dedicated his career to serving teachers looking to improve their craft. Then, Kailey & Jacob get into the details of what kinds of professional learning teachers need more of now. They talk about why teachers aren’t taught about the assessment side of instructional practice and how new attitudes towards data literacy are changing that trend.
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Three education leaders from a high growth district share their strategies for encouraging data-driven instruction. They also offer tips for onboarding new teachers, building trust, and encouraging buy-in—the hallmarks of a strong growth culture.
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Kailey & Jacob are joined by two educators and NWEA content specialists who have thought a lot about how to improves student experiences in science. Kim Baker has been at NWEA for 13 years, and Megan Kuehl has been here for eight. We discuss challenging assumptions about the science classroom and unpack the notion that science is inherently impartial.
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