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New professional development model that helps create teacher leaders

New professional development model that helps create teacher leaders | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

  They used those to develop a professional development program that has these core beliefs:
• high-quality professional development begins with the principal;
• the principal must be part of the process, not just a facilitator;
• peer coaching is essential;
• teacher leadership is key to the program's success; and
• participants need to see the value in the content and be willing to take risks.

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Most learning in the workplace happens outside of formal training | Learning in the Social Workplace

Most learning in the workplace happens outside of formal training | Learning in the Social Workplace | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Learning in the Workplace surveys showed that:

  • (a) people consider that informal learning is much more important, if not essential, to them than training, and
  • (b) that they learn informally on a much more regular (if not continuous) basis than they learn formally.
  • These findings are of course in line with study after study that shows that most learning in the workplace happens outside of formal training.
The lead learner is the learning leader. The learning leaders role is enabling and facilitating continuous learning, not controlling episodic learning.
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Reviving Teaching With 'Professional Capital'

Reviving Teaching With 'Professional Capital' | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Policymakers must invest in the professional capital of all teachers, Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves write.


Professional capital has three components: human, social, and decisional.

  • Human capital is about the qualities of individuals.
  • Social capital—groups working hard in focused and committed ways to bring about substantial improvements. Social capital can raise individual human capital—a good team, school, or system lifts everyone. But, as we often see in sports, higher individual human capital—a few brilliant stars—does not necessarily improve the overall team.
  • Decisional capital involves making decisions in complex situations on innumerable occasions with different problems and cases.



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