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Professional Learning: Powerful, Goal-Based Partnerships

How does EL Education support implementation of our curriculum? One way is by engaging in targeted professional development for teachers and leaders with schools, districts and states. We transform teacher practice and elevate student achievement by combining our teacher-developed English Language Arts curriculum, high-quality professional learning, and on-the-ground coaching services and workshops.


How Partnerships Are Designed

At EL Education, our professional development plans for educators result from deep dialogue, planning, and clear goals aligned with the specific needs of each district, school, and classroom. We understand the complexities of changing instruction; after all, we’ve been teachers and school leaders ourselves.

We typically design professional learning partnerships around three core components:
  • Strategic planning. Focused planning conversations with leaders ensure that partnership goals are met with integrity. The result is a goal-based framework that communicates the intended impact of the partnership.
  • Institutes. Institutes engage educators in the same instructional strategies they’ll use with students and staff. Institutes are practice-oriented, using tools and resources that are applicable to professional practice.
  • Coaching. New learning is supported by coaching to transfer knowledge from institutes to professional practice. Coaching is based on clear goals, and promotes creation of capacity of teachers and leaders.

How Transformation Happens

Classrooms

We partner with teachers to elevate classroom discourse, support academic risk-taking, and build student character. Classrooms are transformed as:
  • Teachers match rigor with joy and take risks with their students.
  • Students actively engage in learning that builds knowledge about the world through compelling topics.
  • Students learn collaboratively through reading, thinking, speaking, and writing.
  • Student achievement is three-dimensional: gaining knowledge and skills, producing high-quality work, and developing character.

Schools

A school’s partnership with EL means shared responsibility for curriculum implementation and literacy instruction across all content areas. Our work is rooted in a culture of collaboration and respect for teachers as creative agents. Schools are transformed as:

  • Leaders and staff establish a culture of respect and integrity and pursue common goals.
  • Students become readers, writers, thinkers, and problem solvers.
  • Success is measured across three dimensions of student achievement: gaining knowledge and skills, producing high-quality work, and developing character.

Districts

We give district leaders the tools and expertise to support an effective curriculum implementation plan. We partner closely with district staff to set ambitious goals, design transformative professional learning experiences, and monitor progress toward student achievement. Districts are transformed as they develop:
  • Asystem-wide plan while also meeting the needs of unique, individual schools.
  • Ambitious goals for educators and students guide a multi-year strategic plan.
  • A cohesive system of planning, data analysis, professional learning, coaching, and access to resources combine to maximize change.

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How A Pathway Is Built

At EL Education, we’ve created a comprehensive pathway to foster high-quality implementation of our English Language Arts curriculum.

Lay a foundation for change.

We lay the groundwork for the partnership and curriculum implementation, with a focus on instructional coaching and change management.

Build teachers’ curriculum knowledge.

Teachers and leaders analyze the foundations of the curriculum design and structure, then implement the curriculum through coaching and learning cycles.

Use data to sharpen implementation.

Teachers and leaders learn how to use data to monitor student performance and progress, adjust instruction based on students’ needs, and integrate their assessments into the framework of the school/district.

Meet the needs of all learners.

Teachers and leaders learn to mold the curriculum so all students can access grade-level content. It emphasizes modifying and adapting lessons in collaboration with colleagues.