Magazine article The Learning Professional

With Gratitude for Expert Guidance through Complex Research

Magazine article The Learning Professional

With Gratitude for Expert Guidance through Complex Research

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In this issue of The Learning Professional, we're publishing the final Research Review column by Joellen Killion. Killion established the column three years ago as a way to bring to practitioners' attention recent relevant research studies.

While the clarity she brought to complex and critical studies was always useful to deepen our understanding of the evidence base in our field, even more important were the implications she identified from each study. What a gift to have a sage facilitate our ability to make meaning from new information.

I appreciated particularly reading research insights through the lens of the Standards for Professional Learning, which strengthened readers' understanding not only of the research studies in question but the standards as well.

I am grateful for the many columns Killion created for our publication and its readers. At Learning Forward's recent Annual Conference in Orlando, I heard from a number of readers about how much they value her contributions in this space.

Fear not, the magazine will still highlight new studies. Elizabeth Foster, associate director of standards, research, and strategy, will take over the Research Review column in our next issue. Foster's significant expertise in education research will ensure that readers continue to have exposure to essential new studies. Foster's perspective will help us all apply new learning and continue to prioritize an evidence-oriented approach to professional learning.

The need to understand what works in professional learning (and what doesn't) continues to grow. As we publish this, the Title IIA funding battle continues, in part because policymakers and stakeholders don't all understand what professional learning contributes to schools and districts.

The challenge to understand professional learning's impact is one that Killion has addressed not only through her research column. …

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