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Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Data

Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Data

Edited by:

Thomas R. Guskey, Valerie von Frank

June 2014 | 128 pages | Corwin

When teachers use data effectively, students see results.

Learning Forward is a leader in understanding and advancing professional learning that leads to student success. This series explores Learning Forward’s seven Standards for Professional Learning, which outline the characteristics of effective professional learning.

In this volume, the authors explore the crucial function of data for designing, implementing, and evaluating professional learning. The book’s features include:

  • An original “think piece” by Thomas Guskey on using data in deliberate and thoughtful ways in the context of professional learning
  • Specific implementation strategies that focus on analyzing student, educator, and system data and assessing progress
  • A detailed case study of one district’s journey to successful use of data and how it led to measurable improvement in student achievement

Learning to collect, analyze and use data is an essential component of professional development. When schools are able to make data work for them, students are the ones who benefit.

Stephanie Hirsh
Introduction to the Series
The Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning
The Data Standard
About the Authors
Thomas R. Guskey
1. Using Data in Deliberate and Thoughtful Ways
Patricia Roy
2. Using Data to Make Professional Learning Decisions
Valerie von Frank
3. The Case Study

"Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning define the essential elements of and conditions for professional learning that leads to changed educator practices and improved student results. They are grounded in the understanding that the ultimate purpose of professional learning is increasing student success. Educator effectiveness – and this includes all educators working in and with school systems, not just teachers – is linked closely to student learning. Therefore increasing the effectiveness of educators is a key lever to school improvement…Reach the Highest Standard is created to be an essential set of tools to help school and system leaders take those steps toward educator effectiveness."

Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director
Learning Forward
Key features
(1) Promotes a deeper understanding of the conditions, processes, and content of effective professional learning to support continuous improvement in leadership, teaching, and student learning.

(2) Provides educators with the learning opportunities and tools to unpack each standard, connect the standard to their own contexts and experiences, and build a common understanding of the qualities of effective professional learning.

(3) Original essays, written by leading experts in the field, challenge existing thinking and promote new, deeper-level understandings of the meaning of the standard.

(4) Explores the in-connectedness of individual standards and cultivates an appreciation for how the standards function in symmetry.

(5) Includes a detailed chapter on implementation and application of the standard to help close the knowing-doing gap and sustain improvements over time.

(6) Original case studies provide inspirational examples of actual districts "getting it right" and educators who have realized the promise of effective professional learning.

Sample Materials & Chapters


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