Professional Learning

First to Reopen: Lessons Learned in Saraland City Schools

Saraland City Schools in Mobile County was one of the first systems in Alabama to reopen schools (on 8/6/20) for in-person instruction this fall amid COVID-19. With many other districts planning to reopen in the coming weeks, we wanted to highlight how one district did it. We spoke with Superintendent Dr. Aaron Milner and other district/school leaders about the decision to reopen and how school has gone for the first 8 weeks.

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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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KLN East Helps ABPC Launch a New Year of Leadership Learning and Networking Across Alabama

Without a doubt, this was the best “first meeting” with new Key Leaders Network members ever, writes A+ Education Partnership’s professional learning leader Cathy Gassenheimer. “These educators were really open to our process and they engaged deeply throughout the day, with support from our more veteran participants. School and system leaders are hungry to talk about their challenges and dreams with colleagues who really get it.”

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Behind the Scenes at A+ Education Partnership’s First ABPC Facilitator Training Institute

Adding new regional networks and more educators to existing networks means the Alabama Best Practices Center must increase our supply of adult learning facilitators. This summer, ABPC paired with the University of Alabama RIC to host our first Facilitator Training Institute. Educators from across the state spent three days diving deep into the best methods for leading professional learning.

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