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Featured Professional Development
The Professional Teaching and Learning Cycle
The Professional Teaching and Learning Cycle (PTLC) is an ongoing, job-embedded professional development approach in which teachers collaborate to plan and implement standards-based lessons. This train-the-trainer session will introduce participants to the six-step cycle, the leadership roles that support the approach, and the contextual conditions necessary to implement the approach effectively.
Where: SEDL headquarters, Austin, TX
When: August 11–13

Learn about other professional development sessions offered at SEDL's Center for Professional Learning.

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SEDL In The News
The Professional Teaching and Learning Cycle (PTLC), which is part of the Working Systemically approach to school improvement, was discussed in the article "Professional Learning to Improve Achievement for All Students," in Learning & Leading With Technology, v. 36, no. 8. More information about the PTLC and Working Systemically approach can be found on SEDL's Web site. Learn more.

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The Rewards of Reading
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SEDL's Early Reading First Work Shows Results
SEDL’s Research and Evaluation Department recently completed its study of the first year of work with the Bright Futures Early Reading First Program in Madison Parish, Louisiana. Results are promising for both students and teachers.

teacher reading to a classSince Fall 2007, SEDL staff have been providing professional development in research-based early literacy instruction and language development to teachers, reading coaches, and project coordinators in Madison Parish. In addition to participating in professional development , educators are using curricula like SRA/McGraw Hill’s Imagine It! and McGraw Hill/Wright Group’s The DLM Early Childhood Express to teachers, reading coaches, and project coordinators in Madison Parish. Staff hope to improve school readiness of 250 preschool children from low-income families at three preschools in Madison Parish—two public school-based programs and a Head Start program.

SEDL’s Research and Evaluation department has played a key role in ensuring the program’s success by evaluating the implementation efforts and impact of the program. SEDL evaluators have observed professional development sessions provided by SEDL program staff and other professional development vendors, collected evaluations of those sessions, and administered pre- and posttests to participants to assess changes anticipated through the training experiences. They have also completed site visits to the preschools twice a year to interview teachers, conduct classroom observations, and coordinate the data collection and management of student assessment data.

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Tips and Tools
Free ResourceS
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What We're Reading This Summer
The summer months offer a chance to catch up professional and personal reading. For this month's Tips & Tools, SEDL staff share what books and articles they are reading and why they may be useful to educators.

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  SEDL Letter
The October 2007 issue of SEDL Letter examines study groups, organizing the classroom for effective reading instruction, strengthening literacy through father-child interactions, and systemic approaches to reading and school improvement.
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Afterschool Curriculum Choice: Literacy Resources
This free online resource helps practitioners locate and make informed choices about high-quality literacy resources to enrich their programs.
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