Center for Leadership and Learning Communities

Supporting education leaders and the learning community they create.

Center for Leadership and Learning Communites

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Leadership that fosters professional learning is key to enacting bold new reforms in the field of education. As federal, state, and local education agencies demand more of teachers and administrators, school systems are creating new structures that allow educators to build a more flexible and durable understanding of the work they're being asked to do.

Directors: Mark Driscoll, Brian Lord, Barbara Miller

Lights, Camera, Education!

Quality instruction is often described as being rigorous, student-centered, and active, but bringing those concepts to life is not always easy for educators. EDC is working with an award-winning filmmaker and production company to create a toolkit that will use video to model strategies that teachers and school leaders can implement in their schools.
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Publication: 
EDC Update
Publication Date: 
Spring 2009

Enhancing mathematics and language understanding through geometry: A model for supporting mathematics coaches and teachers working with English language learners

Presenter(s): 
Mark Driscoll
Presenter(s): 
Johannah Nikula

Mark Driscoll and Johannah Nikula presented at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics annual meeting in Washington D.C.
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Presentation Date: 
April 2009

Effective Teacher Leadership: Using Research to Inform and Reform

Author(s): 
Brian Lord
Author(s): 
Melinda M. Mangin, Editor
Author(s): 
Barbara A. Miller
Author(s): 
Sara Ray Stoelinga, Editor

Featuring a diverse and distinguished group of scholars, this volume provides a much-needed, research-based analysis of nonsupervisory, school-based, instructional leadership. Frequently referred to as teacher leaders, specialists, or coaches, these new positions have the potential to provide teachers with the skills and knowledge necessary for continued instructional improvement and, ultimately, enhanced student learning.

Publisher: 
Teacher College Press, Columbia University

Embracing Coaching as Professional Development

This article was originally published in the October 2008 issue of Principal Leadership.
It addresses questions related to appropriate balance of coaching and group professional development. The article has been made available with permission of the publisher. Read the complete article.
National Association of Secondary School Principals: Fall 2008

Author(s): 
Mark Driscoll
Publication: 
Natl Assn of Secondary School Principals
Publication Date: 
Fall 2008

The Fostering Algebraic Thinking Toolkit

Author(s): 
Mark Driscoll
Author(s): 
Lynn T. Goldsmith
Author(s): 
James Hammerman
Author(s): 
Andrea Humez
Author(s): 
Johannah Nikula
Author(s): 
Judith Zawojewski

The Fostering Algebraic Thinking Toolkit is a set of professional development materials whose goal is to help mathematics teachers in grades 6-10 learn to identify, describe, and foster algebraic thinking in their students. Underlying the Toolkit is a core belief that good mathematics teaching begins with understanding how mathematics is learned.
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Publisher: 
Heinemann

The Fostering Geometric Thinking Toolkit: A Guide for Staff Development

Author(s): 
Mark Driscoll
Author(s): 
Michael Egan
Author(s): 
Grace Kelemanik
Author(s): 
June Mark
Author(s): 
Johannah Nikula
Author(s): 
Rachel Wing DiMatteo

Based on the popular Fostering Geometric Thinking, the Toolkit’s 20 two-hour sessions provide a year’s worth of math professional development for middle and secondary teachers. Its facilitator- and participant-friendly sessions cover the key topics of Fostering Geometric Thinking: geometric properties, transformations, and measurement.
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Publisher: 
Heinemann