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Improving teacher support has much to do with “overcoming some of the mindsets around PD,” explains Tom Arnett, Research Fellow at the Christensen Institute.  In an exclusive interview, Tom discusses the need to adopt an outcomes-driven mindset and measure change in teacher practice.

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Tom Arnett, Research Fellow at the Christensen Institute speaks about the evolution of professional development.  He discusses how districts are beginning to personalize professional development, moving away from the “1.0 version of PD” — PD that is one-size-fits-all and may lack relevancy to all teachers. Good PD provides teachers with the chance to “take what they learned, apply it, get feedback, make adjustments, and improve.” 

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We interviewed Tom Arnett, Research Fellow at the Christensen Institute about his perspective regarding high quality professional learning.  He explains that effective professional development has less to do with a specific practice and everything to do with being outcomes driven. Effective professional development “causes teachers to change their practices in ways that improve student outcomes”.

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High quality PD begins with listening.  That’s the first step that Lisa Highfill, Instructional Technology Coach at Pleasanton Unified School District took when she planned PD for her teachers.  Lisa captured critical information about her teachers’ needs and interests to help inform the structure and content of her training sessions.  Teachers chose how to spend their time as they developed new skills and applied their knowledge alongside their peers.  Listen to Lisa discuss how as a PD facilitator, she must not stand in the front of the room and impart knowledge, but rather work collaboratively with her teachers, support them as they actively engage with new content, and continue to listen.  Tune in here or read the transcript below: more

We need to treat our teachers like we expect them to treat their students”, states Lisa Highfill, Instructional Technology Coach at Pleasanton Unified School District.  Lisa reflects on how she designed and facilitated personalized professional learning based on her teachers’ individual needs, abilities, and interests.  This personalized approach characterized by trust invested teachers in their growth and development.  Listen here or read the transcript below: more

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We interviewed Lisa Highfill, Instructional Technology Coach at Pleasanton Unified School District about the steps she and her colleagues have taken to provide differentiated and active professional learning for their teachers.  She discusses the importance of building trust with teachers by truly listening to their needs and creating learning opportunities that feel relevant and meaningful. Listen here or read the transcript below. more

How do we know whether professional learning is actually working — which supports are making an impact on teachers and students, and which might we want to walk away from? In this podcast with Daniel Bauer, KickUp CEO Jeremy Rogoff explores the common challenges that school leaders face while making critical decisions about how to most effectively allocate their professional learning resources.  Jeremy discusses the power of using data to create a common language among stakeholders. Listen here or read the transcript below. more

We know that high quality support for teachers is game-changing for our students, yet it can be hard to make a priority.  In this podcast, KickUp CEO Jeremy Rogoff reflects on his own experience as a teacher, noting that while educators and administrators would like to devote significant time, thought, and energy to professional development, the daily realities that take place in a school can often prevent that from happening. Listen here or read the transcript below:  more

Recently, KickUp co-founder and CEO, Jeremy Rogoff had the opportunity to speak with Daniel Bauer on Better Leaders Better Schools, a podcast for the school leader community .  You can listen to it here. The conversation covers Jeremy’s own leadership style and the importance of clear communication.  Jeremy reflects on the lessons he has learned while building a startup and how they can be applied to today’s education leaders. He discusses KickUp’s approach of listening to the pain points and goals of PD leaders in order to build a responsive solution that addresses the challenges involved with assessing and increasing the impact of professional learning.  Listen to full the episode here.

Read EdSurge’s announcement of the close of our seed funding round, led by Reach Capital.