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George Mason Coaching Institute

Mason Coaching Institute for Math and Literacy

Apri 1, 2017 | 9 AM – 3:30 PM


The Mason Coaching Institute for Math and Literacy will be an opportunity for school-based math, literacy, and instructional coaching leaders to learn more about aspects of their role and network with other leaders to improve their work in schools with elementary and middle school teachers and students.

Registration Fee $30 includes parking, coffee, and lunch.
Common Ground Conference and Jen Lara Pre-Conference
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The Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy

July 23-27, 2017

Each individual student deserves teachers and school leaders who understand the science behind how the brain learns, works, and thrives. Learn how to translate and apply Mind, Brain & Education Science research-informed strategies to TRANSFORM how you design your classes and how you work with each individual student. Click here for more information on this academy.

Members of public schools, public-charter schools and Teach for America can attend this graduate level Academy for $200 per person thanks to generous support from the E.E. Ford Foundation and the Crimsonbridge Foundation. For more information visit: www.thecttl.org/academy

Regent University

Regent University TESOL Certificate


Earn the ESL endorsement in one year!

The TESOL Certificate of Graduate Studies provides specialized teacher training to prepare educators to develop and deliver effective instructional opportunities for ESL students in public and private schools. Upon completion of the certificate, individuals may apply to the Virginia Department of Education to add the ESL endorsement to their teaching certificate. The credits from this certificate roll directly into our M.Ed. in TESOL.
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Comparing Different Leadership Styles WIthin the School Improvement Process
By Piper Jones

First, I think we must begin by discussing what school improvement is and what it is not. It is what happens when a sustainable culture, concerned with the betterment of self, which focuses on the improved outcomes of teachers and students, is created. It is a continuous process which relies heavily on self-reflection, goal setting, developing plans to obtain training and resources needed to implement strategies which meet the goals/needs of the students and teachers involved in the process. Once the plan and strategies are implemented monitoring must take place so adjustments can be made to the plan as needed. The cycle continues and it doesn’t end, if true school improvement is your goal. Read more...
Professional Learning from the Warm Heart of Africa
By Patti Talbot and Lindsay Jordan

Professional Learning in AfricaFor more than ten years, students from Radford University and Virginia Tech have traveled together for a month in the summers to work and learn in public schools in the Domasi area of Malawi, a small country in sub-Saharan Africa. Most of these university students are future teachers and the primary activities of the trip relate to teaching English to the school children who will be expected to take a written examination administered entirely in English after standard (grade) 8 in order to qualify to proceed to secondary school. Read more...
ESSA Includes Improved Definition of Professional Development
From Stephanie Hirsh - Director of Learning Forward

Stephanie Hirsh - Director of LFEarlier this week, the House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act by a 359-64 vote. While there is much to explore and discuss in the bill, Learning Forward's advocacy efforts related to the reauthorization of ESEA have concentrated solely on professional development. Read more...
ESSA News & Views
Understanding ESSAESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is the new federal law signed this past December and replaces NCLB. And though the debate over standards and assessments will continue, now these discussions will be held and decided at the state level as the new law is implemented across the country. On this new site you will find the latest updates on the status of ESSA implementation and commentary from the state, federal, and stakeholder levels. This resource tool will act as a news aggregator in the coming months to inform and strengthen our knowledge on the issue. Please click here to access information and resources.
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