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Dr. Stoney Beavers Selected as the First Assistant Director of the A+ Alabama Best Practices Center

As the Alabama Best Practices Center begins its 21st year, we’ve reached another milestone. Dr. Stoney Beavers, formerly the Assistant Superintendent of Blount County Schools, joins the ABPC as our first ever Assistant Director. Learn more about Stoney’s background as an award-winning teacher and education leader in this interview with ABPC Executive Vice President Cathy Gassenheimer.

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ABPC’s Cathy Gassenheimer Writes the Foreword for a Valuable New Resource, The Leaders of Their Own Learning Companion

Ron Berger’s comprehensive companion guide to his landmark 2014 book Leaders of Their Own Learning has been eagerly anticipated by educators in ABPC’s Powerful Conversations Networks. Cathy Gassenheimer highlights the impact of LOTOL on student-engaged assessment in Alabama and her own role in writing the Foreword to the just-released Leaders of Their Own Learning Companion.

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10 Takeaways from ABPC’s Hard Conversations Institute with Jennifer Abrams

In a time when the teacher workforce is rapidly evolving and schools are under great pressure to strengthen their systems for professional learning and collaboration, what better topics for a learning “retreat” than cross-generation communication and “hard conversations” about professional growth. Cathy Gassenheimer reports on ABPC’s two-day Hard Conversations Institute with expert Jennifer Abrams.

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Why Do We Need the Alabama Best Practices Center?

Over the summer, Cathy Gassenheimer had the chance to ask Greg Edge, principal of Attalla Elementary School, why he continues to be involved in ABPC’s professional learning opportunities. “I told him about the questions we often hear from potential funders, who want to know how ABPC programs differ from what Alabama educators might otherwise experience.” Here’s what Greg (and some other Key Leaders Network participants) told us.

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