Journal of Staff Development

Quarterly publication focusing on development of educational staff members by providing insight on issues such as the role of principals and program planning.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 2, Spring

Ambassadors of LEARNING
TEACHERS' ENTHUSIASM BUILDS MOMENTUM FOR DISTRICT'S LONG-RUNNING PROGRAMWhen Leslee Fritz moved with her son, Dustin, to a suburb of Lansing, Mich., she found Wednesdays were more than just the middle of the week. In Holt Public Schools, every Wednesday...
Believe in the Capacity of People to Invent Their Own Solutions
Recently, a superintendent from a suburb of Dallas, Texas, approached me to discuss the challenge of finding time for learning teams to meet. He assured me that the district had a clear set of goals to address during the time as well as a plan for evaluating...
Forging a National Strategy for Success
NSDC's Policy Maker of the Year describes challengesWe are all here because we recognize that well-trained and well-prepared principals, teachers, and educators are the key to improving the academic performance of students, and that improving teacher...
Foundation Set to Award Grants and Scholarships
Impacting the Future Now Foundation is preparing to award its second group of grants and scholarships, thanks to the generosity of foundation donors. The foundation raised $21,416.88 for the 2008 fiscal year. More than $11,000 will be used for scholarships...
FROM THE Field
A QUICK GLIMPSE AT RECENT RESEARCH AND RESOURCESCLOSING THE GAP"The narrowing gap in New York City teacher qualifications and its implications for student achievement in high-poverty schools"Teacher Policy Research, May 2008This research paper explores...
Going Up
My elevator speech about NSDC - that is, my 30-second compelling explanation of professional learning - isn't as honed as I would like. Internally, we talk about the importance of having a clear, concise statement about what NSDC is and why we exist....
How to Be an Advocate: DELIVERING A LASER TALK
Strategies to promote effective policies at all levelsNSDC believes so strongly in the importance of influencing policy makers that Priority 1 of NSDCs Strategic Plan is Affecting the Policy Context. Based on the assumption that good policy promotes...
Leaders Speak from the Heart
That which is spoken from the heart is heard by the heart.- Jewish sayingEmotions trump facts in motivating human behavior. That was an awareness I acquired only after many years of frustration trying to persuade others to change based on research and...
Learning Walks
BUILD HEARTY APPETITES FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTMike Carbone has been the principal of Kickemuit Middle School in Warren, R.I., since 1990. He's seen some bad times there before a dramatic turnaround. When asked what finally got his school's engine...
Our Purpose Can Build Leaders
Show me an effective school or effective school system that does not have an effective leader, and I will show you a school or system where an effective leader recently left. And I will show you a school or school system that will not remain effective...
STATE of the PROFESSION
STUDY MEASURES STATUS OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTEnsuring student success requires a new kind of teaching, conducted by teachers who understand learning and pedagogy, who can respond to the needs of their students and the demands of their disciplines,...
Tarnished Brand Could Use Polish
A more vocal advocacy on several fronts can restore professional learning's imageFollowing last year's presidential election, many observers opined that the losing national political party had become a "tarnished brand." Even some party leaders were...
Use Films to Get Groups Talking - and Listening - to One Another
The old adage is true: A picture is worth a thousand words. The imagery and sound of film has the power to capture attention and spur thinking in a way that words don't. That is why professional developers often use videos to convey important ideas....
WANTED: 100 Schools to Join the Learning School Alliance
NSDC recently announced a critical initiative to further the fulfillment of NSDCs purpose. The Learning School Alliance will be a network of 100 model schools committed to professional development practices that promote student achievement. Educators...
We Must Strip Away Layers of Inequality
A leading voice in education policy addresses the present and future of U.S. schoolsLinda Darling-Hammond is a leading voice on the relationship between federal policy and what happens in districts and classrooms. As advisor to newly elected President...
When Policy Joins Practice
TASK FORCE EXAMINES HOW STATES AND UNIONS ADDRESS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTPolicy influences practice. Policy has the capacity to strengthen practice by demanding accountability for both process and results through clear expectations as well as deliberate...
Whether Building a Kitchen or Building a Learning Team, Collaboration Is Key
My son recently remodeled his kitchen and asked me to help him work his way through the process. This was no small task - he wanted to modernize the original kitchen in his 1940s condominium. He and I talked about what each element would look like when...