Professional Development

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Common Core — For Success Keep Everyone in the Loop

The move to the Common Core State Standards requires much more than adopting a new curriculum and some new standards.  Common Core requires not only a major change in what teachers teach, but also a major shift in the way they teach. Many states have done a good job letting their educators know “what” has … Continue reading

Leading the Transition to the Common Core

The move to Common Core State Standards – now underway in 45 states, two territories and the District of Columbia – brings challenges for educators.  The transition is getting into full swing in North Carolina, and as administrators and teachers learn more about what the standards are, they’re working through how to implement them.  What will they mean to teachers and … Continue reading

QTL Partnership at Work

A North Carolina school district is using QTL professional development to prepare teachers for an ambitious technology project. And they chose QTL because it’s not just about technology. The Rutherford County school system is implementing QTL programs through a partnership with The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning, meaning they have the support of the … Continue reading

Can Professional Development Have Lasting Impact?

A participant in one of our recent ExplorNet workshops on Multimedia and Webpage Design gave us a pleasant surprise when she told us she had a prior history with our programs. Gail Thompson teaches Business Education now at Raleigh’s Athens Drive High School. But back in 2006 and 2007, she was a teacher at Dillard … Continue reading

Jerry Seinfeld and the Interactive Classroom

(RALEIGH) – What good is technology if it sits on a shelf? That’s been a persistent question for administrators juggling budgets and deciding whether interactive tools are worth the price. Amid budget cuts and belt tightening, no one wants to spend precious dollars on tools that aren’t effective. But instructional leaders are desperately looking for … Continue reading

Coaching that Connects

One-on-one teacher coaching plays an ever larger role in our efforts at The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning. The reflective approach our expert coaches use has a two-fold benefit: it trains teachers to examine and improve their own classroom practices, and does so without putting them on the defensive.

Creative Solutions to Funding Challenges

As important as it is to provide professional development opportunities for teachers, that is becoming a bigger and bigger challenge for schools. That worry is a common theme among instructors from QTL’s District Partnerships. QTL instructors from several counties across North Carolina are gathering in Raleigh this week to hear about what’s new with our … Continue reading

Engaging History Project Makes the News

Finding ways to get elementary students interested in social studies and history can be a challenge, but it’s one that lends itself to creativity. A Franklin County teacher’s awesome “Famous North Carolinians” project is a case in point. A “Tar Heel Traveler” news crew from Raleigh’s WRAL visited Louisburg to watch as fourth graders dressed … Continue reading

Can Race to the Top Turn the Tide?

Ten years into the 21st Century, educators have been too slow to embrace the technology tools needed to help American students keep up. That’s the conclusion of the longtime educator in charge of implementing North Carolina’s Race to the Top grants. “Classrooms still look too much like they did when I went to school,” Dr. … Continue reading

District Honored for Raising Achievement

One of QTL’s first district partners has been Recognized for Raising Achievement of Economically Disadvantaged Students.  Lee County Schools is being honored by the Virginia Board of Education and deemed “Distinguished Title I School Division” for the school year ending 2009.  Lee County is one of seven districts receiving the honor for exceeding NCLB objectives … Continue reading

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The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning expands and supports high quality teaching and effective, supportive leadership. QTL Processes bring together technology, teamwork, student data and research-based instruction to create more engaging lesson design for greater student achievement.

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