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To Reach the Highest Levels of Student Learning We Need High-Functioning PLCs

In the face of so many recent disruptive experiences, writes ABPC’s Stoney Beavers, now is a good time to rethink the PLC process and ask ourselves some hard questions. Will they be extensions of administration? Loose collaborations? Or genuine communities committed to professional growth and advancing student learning? Inspired by the work of Robert Marzano and Richard DuFour, participants in our PCN and KLN networks will explore these and other essential questions this year.

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Our 2021-22 KLN Guiding Text Will Help Us Assure High Reliability Leadership in Our Schools

Professional learning inside this year’s Key Leaders Network will focus on leading high reliability schools, using the five-level framework developed by Robert Marzano and incorporating much of the collective work ABPC networks have been doing over the past several years to improve teaching and learning. This year, writes Assistant Director Stoney Beaver, KLN will build on what we have all accomplished together.

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Our 2021-22 PCN Guiding Text: Marzano’s Expanded Vision of The New Art and Science of Teaching

Guided by Marzano’s expanded vision and based on the work of ABPC’s diverse design team, the Powerful Conversations Network will meet educators where they are in 2021-22. PCN will support the challenges of bouncing forward after a very difficult 18 months. Participants will collaborate as they identify essential standards, share ways to re-engage students, and develop authentic tasks that help all our young people become effective and confident learners.

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Relationships Are Not Accidents: Using the Smiles and Frowns Activity to Build a Positive Classroom Culture

ABPC and the A+ Education Partnership are promoting a big idea: One powerful way to improve learning is to listen closely to what our students have to say. In his recent conversation with Monte Syrie, a Washington State teacher whose advice about classroom culture-building is widely followed in education social media, ABPC’s Stoney Beavers came away with Monte’s tips for a simple, highly effective listening tool: the Smiles and Frowns strategy!

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Bouncing Forward with Marzano! 2021-2022 Network Registration Now Open

Make your plans now to “bounce forward” in the coming school year by participating in the Key Leaders Network and the Powerful Conversations Network for 2021-2022. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Read on to learn more about the latest PCN and KLN professional learning programs from Dr. Stoney Beavers, who introduces the new focus books and announces both blended/face-to-face and all-virtual options for this fall.

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Jimmy Casas: How We Can Build Respectful and Supportive School Cultures

As schools struggle to teach standards, prepare students for college and career readiness, maintain discipline, and hopefully teach and reinforce character, co-authors Jimmy Casas and Joy Kelly offer today’s educators a unique set of strategies for building strong cultures that help everyone work more effectively and respectfully to accomplish our challenging task. Dr. Stoney Beavers reviews Handle with Care.

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Our Students Can’t Wait: SEL Teaching Tools and Processes for Anytime, Anywhere

It’s rare that we really push ourselves to learn a new skill without an immediate need for it, writes Stoney Beavers. “We work hardest on something when the necessity is squarely in front of us.” Right now that urgent necessity is effective support for students’ social and emotional learning. “The tire is flat,” he says, and a new book from Corwin has tools we need to integrate SEL into virtual, blended, or in-person environments.

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Register Now for the 3rd Annual (and 1st Virtual) Alabama Conference on Grading and Assessment for Learning

We’re pleased to share the news that the Third Annual Alabama Conference on Grading and Assessment will take place online on November 7 with national assessment-for-learning expert Dr. Douglas Reeves as our keynote speaker. Read on to learn more about this important initiative from ABPC’s Stoney Beavers and Dr. Andrew Maxey of Tuscaloosa City Schools. You can register now at the ACGAL website!

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Thanks to Our KLN and PCN Design Dream Teams, Many Hands Made Light Work This Summer

Dr. Stoney Beavers highlights the work of Alabama educators who served on our KLN and PCN design teams this summer, creating a unique virtual learning program for our network partners who elect to join us for professional development this school year. Learn more about blended synchronous and asynchronous experiences that promise to advance our teaching and leadership skills in these most challenging times.

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