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Data and Transparency Key to ESSA

By: MaryBeth Crissman Date: May 17, 2016

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) may now be a thing of the past as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) comes into effect in late 2017.  While NCLB focused on federal and state mandates, rigorous and prescriptive student testing, and difficult to achieve school and district minimum requirements for teachers and students, ESSA shifts the […]

5 Strategies to simplify performance evaluations for all district staff

By: MaryBeth Crissman Date: May 10, 2016

What do you do when you have 2700 teachers, 1800 educational support professionals, and 700 support professionals spread out over 76 school buildings and your state initiates a new state-wide performance evaluation requirement? Some may panic. That’s an understandable reaction. It’s a daunting task to coordinate that number of professionals into a cohesive and manageable […]

5 Ways to Improve Principal Preparation of Tomorrow

By: MaryBeth Crissman Date: May 03, 2016

Teacher training and preparedness is often the focus of most conversations about school quality. When schools are performing well, it is the teachers that are praised for their dedication and effectiveness. And when a school is doing poorly, it is the teachers that bear the brunt of the blame.  In reality, a school’s successes or […]

Let’s Talk about Personalized Professional Learning!

By: MaryBeth Crissman Date: April 05, 2016

In the fall of 2015, Truenorthlogic sponsored a survey amongst teachers and principals to learn what educators think about the current state of professional learning in their field. Over 500 educators responded, and the results were quite illuminating. Educators across the nation shared their thoughts on current policies and attitudes towards professional learning as well […]

What Makes a High-Performing Teacher Professional Learning System?

By: MaryBeth Crissman Date: March 24, 2016

A recent study released by Learning First has revealed some compelling trends that are common amongst high-performing teacher professional learning systems across the globe. Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, and British Columbia were revealed to be high-performing education systems with their students performing at levels of 1 to 3 years beyond that of their global counterparts. […]

Adult Learning Theory – What It’s all About?

By: MaryBeth Crissman Date: March 04, 2016

It’s clear that approaches to professional development have evolved in recent years. While professional development was once a school-wide meeting of teachers sitting in a room and listening to a lecture, most professional growth opportunities now are based on smaller groups working toward a common goal, often grade-level and content-area focused. Much of that shift […]

Taking the Discomfort Out of District Growth

By: MaryBeth Crissman Date: January 29, 2016

One of the things that Truenorthlogic does best is accommodate for growth. Our professional development and evaluation solutions allow schools and districts to grow and develop their teacher and administrator body without sacrificing usability or quality. Because our solutions aren’t one size fits all, districts like Brevard Public Schools in Florida have been able to […]

What Matters Most

By: MaryBeth Crissman Date: January 19, 2016

“Technology does come into play for Professional Development. Teachers and staff expect a certain experience online. They expect it to be personalized, and they expect it to be highly engaging. And we need to provide that for them.” “As a former teacher, I know how important it is to get meaningful Professional Development, and Truenorthlogic […]

Teachers Want to Learn

By: Caroline Wynne Date: December 22, 2015

Lauren Hayman loves working with kids. “They are sponges full of love.” As a teacher in her second year at Chaires Elementary School in Leon County Schools, Florida, Ms. Hayman makes time in her schedule to fit in professional development. “I work on my professional growth every day. At the end of the day, I […]

Support All Professional Learning at Learning Forward Conference

By: Caroline Wynne Date: December 04, 2015

How can your district effectively support the professional learning of all your educators? Learning Forward’s 2015 Annual Conference provides educators with outstanding content and valuable tools to bring the most powerful forms of professional learning back to their districts. Over 3,000 attendees will gain practical solutions to challenges and powerful strategies from innovative practitioners and […]