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Principles for Designing a Professional Development Badging System

1. Clearly define the outcomes This step is so obvious it is typically not given enough time. Outcomes should include short term (task completion), medium (behavioral change), and long-term (impact) expectations. Often, professional development is defined by learning outcomes or familiarity with a program, software package, or curriculum. An effective badging system will focus on [...]

By | 2017-12-26T04:22:46+00:00 February 5th, 2015|In Instruction, In Schools, In Technology|Comments Off on Principles for Designing a Professional Development Badging System

Local Control Funding Formula meets Innovation in Education

How can or will the Educators Cooperative team members support your California Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) initiative?   Briefly, the LCFF creates base, supplemental and concentration grants in place of most previously existing K-12 funding streams. This includes revenue limits and most state categorical programs. To read more about the extent of LCFF, visit [...]

By | 2017-07-07T22:57:52+00:00 July 14th, 2014|In Instruction, In Schools|Comments Off on Local Control Funding Formula meets Innovation in Education

Instructional Decision-Making

How is instructional decision-making strengthened through teacher leadership?  Over the next six weeks, our team will continue to work with one of our partners, Cajon Valley Union School District in the San Diego area to answer this question.  We started the academic year by bringing together teacher leaders from across the district and developing workshops [...]

By | 2017-07-07T22:57:52+00:00 May 30th, 2014|In Instruction, In Schools|Comments Off on Instructional Decision-Making

Individualized Learning: The Future of Education

Take a minute to remember what it was like to be in elementary school. Now forget about the recess drama, the pizza fridays, and that first boyfriend that lasted one lunch, and really try to remember the education you received. Most of us remember the dioramas, the science fairs, the talent shows, spelling bees, field [...]

By | 2017-07-07T22:57:52+00:00 April 18th, 2014|In Instruction, In Schools|Comments Off on Individualized Learning: The Future of Education

What is the Balanced Instructional Design?

Our team has had the opportunity to work with schools for many years, observing the pendulum shift back and forth from whole school Project Based learning to the Reading First initiative and now back to the whole school Project Based Learning initiative. Through action research and reading other folks research, what we know is for [...]

By | 2017-07-07T22:57:52+00:00 April 7th, 2014|In Instruction|Comments Off on What is the Balanced Instructional Design?