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Joint Practice Development: the what, how and why

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 10/4/17 11:33 AM

As you're probably aware, one of the biggest challenges for any network of educators, whether it's within an individual school or across a school district, is transferring existing knowledge and new practices, not just from teacher to teacher, but from school to school.

Until now ‘sharing good practice’ via verbal and written presentations has been the traditional approach for knowledge transfer, but despite its popularity, the success rates are low. In fact, coaching and mentoring have a far better success rate than simply listening to other teachers or reading reports. But why?

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5 steps to embedding JPD in your School District

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 10/4/17 11:31 AM

Joint Practice Development (JPD) has a lot to offer schools and school districts. With the right culture, commitment and challenge in place, it has the power to take professional development and wider school improvement to a whole new level.

Here are 5 steps to help you embed JPD in your school or district...

 

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4 ways to be an inspiring mentor and support new teachers

Posted by Chloe Vlahos on 9/8/17 4:32 PM

As the percentage of new teachers in schools nationwide has skyrocketed, so has the need to support them. But according to this report from the New Teacher Center, States are largly failing to invest in programs that support new teachers. 

Mentors, therefore harbor an increasing amount of pressure to ensure new teachers are being adequately supported themselves. So how can you be an inspiring mentor and support your new teachers?

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14 ways real teachers use video to drive pupil learning

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 9/8/17 3:05 PM

Video is a hugely versatile tool when it comes to professional development.

It can be used for self-reflection, coaching and modelling examples of best practice, to name just a few.  Here are just some of the fantastic ways teachers in our community across the UK have told us that they are using video to drive learner's progress. 

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10 ways to be a better Subject Leader

Posted by Tim Matthews on 9/8/17 1:02 PM

Tim Matthews Oriel High.jpgIf you are either an established Subject Leader or are taking your first steps into subject leadership - good luck for the year ahead!

On my first day as a new Subject Leader I remember walking into school nursing an emotional cocktail of pride, excitement, nervousness and an inescapable feeling that I would be "found out" probably by the end of the day and certainly by the end of the first week.

As it happens things were not as bad as I anticipated because the people I worked with were incredibly supportive and not afraid of telling me when things could be done better! Over time I came to realize how important the role of Subject Leader is and the opportunities that you have to influence the learning of students and improve the day-to-day teaching experience for colleagues.  

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What kind of professional development do teachers really want?

Posted by Rosie Neill on 3/23/17 11:47 AM

 

Discover PD that teachers really want

We recently asked 1000 teachers what professional development activities they would prioritize if they were in control of their PD, and received some interesting insights.

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How to achieve transformational leadership with video coaching

Posted by Shawn Edmondson on 3/6/17 3:00 PM

Of all the school factors related to student achievement, the one that has the greatest impact is teaching quality.

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Action plan for a good professional development budget ROI [Podcast]

Posted by Rosie Neill on 2/23/17 3:26 PM

America spends over $18 billion dollars a year on teacher professional development.

In this podcast, Shawn Edmondson, CEO of IRIS Connect and Mike Fleetham, Expert Education Coach and Consultant, discuss how you can ensure you are investing this money wisely to see a real impact on teaching and learning.

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