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Connected Professional Learning Helps All Students Succeed

Create a comprehensive professional learning plan that gives educators the job-embedded support they need to enact meaningful changes for students.

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Comprehensive Professional Learning for Educators at Every Level

Effective professional learning isn’t a one-day event; it’s strategically planned, ongoing, and works towards measurable outcomes in the classroom. Districts can support both teachers and leaders with a research-backed professional learning program that’s built from layered learning experiences throughout the school year to create real impact for students.

Create Your Learning Plan

Build a Program That Works Towards Student-Centered Outcomes

We work with districts to create a tailored one to three year professional learning plan that supports educators at all levels to work towards specific outcomes. Every personalized plan is split into four distinct phases to support initiatives from launch to completion.

Power Your Professional Learning in the BL Lab

The BL Lab is the central hub of professional learning for both teachers and leaders. Teachers can use the BL Lab to explore lesson plans and resources, work with their coach, and track their progress towards their chosen outcomes. 

Leaders can access a full library of bite-sized BL Connect courses to support PLCs and other specific cohorts with research-backed learning anytime and anywhere. With our platform dashboards, leaders have a bird’s eye view of the ongoing successes of their professional learning program as well as the progress of specific cohorts of educators.

The Phases of Connected Professional Learning Plans

Launch

Bring teachers and leaders together at a collaborative in-person launch experience. Educators will work together to understand the outcomes they’ll be working towards, begin to explore new practices, and develop a plan for actionable next steps. 

Planning

Educators are paired with a specially matched BetterLesson instructional coach who they’ll work with biweekly to try new strategies, measure the impact on student learning, and create an actionable plan for continuous improvement.

Assess Progress

Leaders engage in Learning Walks, a non-evaluative, collaborative learning experience that allows leaders to observe classrooms, identify trends in teacher practice, and make data-informed decisions about the next steps they can take to support teachers with their professional learning plan.

Targeted Support

Educators work together at interactive Virtual Workshops to study practices, set measurable goals, and create plans to take actionable next steps to implement and reflect on new changes in practice.

Professional Learning Topics Designed by Educators

Your professional learning plan begins by identifying the challenges you’d like to solve within your district. We’ll help you achieve those goals with a professional learning plan that works towards one or more of the focus areas that are key for building student-centered classrooms. Every learning experience that educators engage with throughout the school year is framed around specific outcomes within the chosen focus area to give educators actionable goals and clear ways to measure progress.

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Instructional Leadership Focus Areas

Improve instruction and learning for teachers and students by building your skills as an instructional leader.

Leading Through Change Lead the improvement of teaching, learning, and overall school climate to enhance student achievement and success. Learn More
Instructional Coaching Provide teachers with personalized coaching cycles that support them growing and developing their teaching practice. Learn More
Collaborative Professional Learning Develop a collaborative professional culture to support student-centered teaching and learning. Learn More
Feedback and Observation Create an authentic, replicable observation and feedback cycle that promotes alignment of student-centered goals and non-evaluative conversation. Learn More
Principalship Equip new leaders to meet the specific demands that come with the first three years of serving as a building principal. Learn More
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Inclusive and Responsive Practices Focus Areas

Build an equitable learning community where all students can be supported, celebrated, and successful.

Social-Emotional Learning Prepare students with the self-awareness, relational, and decision-making skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Learn More
Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Develop learning communities that honor diverse student backgrounds and experiences. Learn More
Trauma-Informed Practices Approach learning with an understanding of the impacts of trauma and adversity on students. Learn More
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Create inclusive educational ecosystems by examining structures, systems, and beliefs informed by race and identity. Learn More
English Learners Support all English Learners to grow and thrive in their learning environments. Learn More
Students with Disabilities Support students with disabilities to learn and grow in their learning environments. Learn More
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Flexible Instructional Models Focus Areas

Find unique ways for all students to learn, communicate, and solve meaningful problems.

Accelerating Growth Accelerate student growth and provide differentiated support for all learners. Learn More
Formative Assessment and Differentiation Provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding, track their progress, and guide their future learning. Learn More
Meaningful Tech Integration Leverage technology in the classroom to maximize student learning and growth. Learn More
Competency-Based Learning Create personalized learning paths that allow students to progress toward goals and demonstrate competency in flexible formats. Learn More
Teachership Empower new teachers to become high-quality educators through professional learning, mentorship, and leadership support. Learn More
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Curriculum and Academic Content Focus Areas

Use learning tools and curriculum to create a student-centered classroom.

Student-Centered Math Create transformative mathematics classrooms where students engage in problem-solving, discourse, application, and critical thinking. Learn More
Student-Centered Literacy Develop students’ literacy skills by supporting student ownership of evidence-based reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Learn More
IM K-12 Math Integrate the instructional routines and resources embedded in the IM K-12 Math curriculum. Learn More
OUR K-8 Math Strategically implement the OUR K-8 Math curriculum. Learn More
EL Education Strategically implement the EL Education K-8 Language Arts curriculum to support student-centered literacy instruction. Learn More
Odell Education Understand and implement the Odell Education curriculum to equip students with essential literacy skills. Learn More

Instructional Leadership Focus Areas

Improve instruction and learning for teachers and students by building your skills as an instructional leader.

Leading Through Change Lead the improvement of teaching, learning, and overall school climate to enhance student achievement and success. Learn More
Instructional Coaching Provide teachers with personalized coaching cycles that support them growing and developing their teaching practice. Learn More
Collaborative Professional Learning Develop a collaborative professional culture to support student-centered teaching and learning. Learn More
Feedback and Observation Create an authentic, replicable observation and feedback cycle that promotes alignment of student-centered goals and non-evaluative conversation. Learn More
Principalship Equip new leaders to meet the specific demands that come with the first three years of serving as a building principal. Learn More

Inclusive and Responsive Practices Focus Areas

Build an equitable learning community where all students can be supported, celebrated, and successful.

Social-Emotional Learning Prepare students with the self-awareness, relational, and decision-making skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Learn More
Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Develop learning communities that honor diverse student backgrounds and experiences. Learn More
Trauma-Informed Practices Approach learning with an understanding of the impacts of trauma and adversity on students. Learn More
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Create inclusive educational ecosystems by examining structures, systems, and beliefs informed by race and identity. Learn More
English Learners Support all English Learners to grow and thrive in their learning environments. Learn More
Students with Disabilities Support students with disabilities to learn and grow in their learning environments. Learn More

Flexible Instructional Models Focus Areas

Find unique ways for all students to learn, communicate, and solve meaningful problems.

Accelerating Growth Accelerate student growth and provide differentiated support for all learners. Learn More
Formative Assessment and Differentiation Provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding, track their progress, and guide their future learning. Learn More
Meaningful Tech Integration Leverage technology in the classroom to maximize student learning and growth. Learn More
Competency-Based Learning Create personalized learning paths that allow students to progress toward goals and demonstrate competency in flexible formats. Learn More
Teachership Empower new teachers to become high-quality educators through professional learning, mentorship, and leadership support. Learn More

Curriculum and Academic Content Focus Areas

Use learning tools and curriculum to create a student-centered classroom.

Student-Centered Math Create transformative mathematics classrooms where students engage in problem-solving, discourse, application, and critical thinking. Learn More
Student-Centered Literacy Develop students’ literacy skills by supporting student ownership of evidence-based reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Learn More
IM K-12 Math Integrate the instructional routines and resources embedded in the IM K-12 Math curriculum. Learn More
OUR K-8 Math Strategically implement the OUR K-8 Math curriculum. Learn More
EL Education Strategically implement the EL Education K-8 Language Arts curriculum to support student-centered literacy instruction. Learn More
Odell Education Understand and implement the Odell Education curriculum to equip students with essential literacy skills. Learn More
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An Ecosystem of Learning Experiences

Professional learning is most effective when it’s intentionally paced to build upon past successes. A connected professional learning approach uses multiple kinds of learning experiences to differentiate learning across an entire district for teachers, leaders, and administrators and create sustainable changes in practice. 

The Building Blocks of Connected Professional Learning

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BL Lab

The central hub of your professional learning experience. The BL Lab features data and tracking tools for administrators and a full library of self-directed BL Connect courses filled with research-backed strategies, tools, and resources.

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Workshops

In-person or virtual collaborative sessions for educators to learn new practices, develop actionable next steps, and create a plan to measure the efficacy of new practices in the classroom.

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Coaching

Virtual 1:1 support from expert instructional coaches who help build and sustain new practices through the Try-Measure-Learn method.

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Learning Walks

Non-evaluative classroom observations for leaders to analyze trends in teacher practice and create a plan to support all educators with continued professional learning.

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Job-Embedded Support for School and District Leaders

Instructional leaders and administrators deserve professional learning that’s tailored to their specific needs to help launch new initiatives and create sustainable changes for educators and students. Every professional learning plan is designed to address the needs of both teachers and leaders with learning experiences designed specifically for leaders to collaborate, brainstorm solutions with experienced thought partners, and create plans to achieve the goals in their district’s strategic plan.

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BetterLesson’s Impact on Districts
98% of administrators report that BetterLesson coaching had a positive impact on teacher mindsets
96% of teachers would recommend BetterLesson coaching to a colleague
98% of teachers have seen improvement in students’ academic performance after working with BetterLesson
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Building Relationships With Rural School Leaders to Support Student Growth

Rural educators face unique challenges but often find themselves in an isolated position without the support they need. BetterLesson and Teach for America’s Rural School Leadership Academy have worked together for over four years to help prepare rural teacher leaders and administrators to meet difficult challenges, develop the knowledge and skills they need to be effective in leadership roles, and connect to a strong network of aspiring school leaders in rural communities.

In a recent survey, 96% of rural educators receiving BetterLesson coaching reported that they’d grown from moderately to a great deal in their chosen focus area after working with their instructional coach throughout the school year.

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BetterLesson is ready to help develop personalized solutions to reach your school or district’s goals. Reach out to our team to start building your professional learning plan.

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