Harnessing Teacher Knowledge

A Guide to Developing School-Based Systems for Professional Learning and Planning







A U.S. Department of Education Resource Harnessing Teacher Knowledge is a comprehensive suite of resources designed to help school administrators and teacher-leaders engage in a thoughtful self-assessment process as they work toward creating a high-functioning professional learning and planning culture in their school. Research on common planning time and teacher collaboration over the past few decades has isolated certain characteristics and strategies that appear to have a significant impact on instructional quality and student achievement. Rather than promoting a specific model or program, Harnessing Teacher Knowledge distills a variety of features and practices that can help schools efficiently and effectively build a collaborative, job-embedded, teacher-driven professional development program.

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Additional Resources

Harnessing Teacher Knowledge Facilitator Guide
Includes suggestions for designing a productive Harnessing Teacher Knowledge work session, a sample agenda, and additional ideas for using the tool

Designing High-Impact Meetings
Includes tips for success, practices to avoid, how to structure effective professional learning groups, and three sample meeting agendas for looking at student work, teacher work, and student data

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