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The expression “practice makes perfect” depends on the value of that practice. Tom Arnett, Research Fellow at the Christensen Institute, argues that good practice must be feedback-informed. In an exclusive interview, Tom dives into “purposeful practice” and gives an example of a program that’s doing it right.

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Nearly two decades ago, business thinkers coined the phrase the “knowing-doing gap.” The main idea being that despite all the things we know to be true, there is an inability (or unwillingness) to implement. Surveying the education landscape, there are any number of arenas where this holds true. We know what works, we know what research says, and we know what kids need, but somewhere along the way there is a breakdown. It could be due to bad policy, a failure to communicate clearly, or a lack of funding for quality implementation, but we end up in a professional purgatory between where we should be and where we currently are. more

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As educators who are passionate about improving our practice, we left the classroom in order to help schools better support teachers. We found that recent dialogue has questioned the mere existence of professional development, and much of the conversation has focused on what’s not working in the field. For that reason, we created The Cycle, where education leaders can join a candid discussion about how schools are taking fresh approaches to providing relevant, inspiring, and effective professional learning. We’re excited and honored to facilitate this dialogue. 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

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.

Peter DeWitt features KickUp in his latest Education Week article, citing KickUp as a solution to help administrators and coaches understand, demonstrate, and increase the impact of their professional learning efforts.  DeWitt discusses how KickUp helps tighten the feedback loop between the teachers, coaches, and administrators.  Read the full article here.