Personalizing Learning for Educators:

Measuring What Works

Lindsay Unified School district (LUSD) in central California is on a mission to ensure every student, or Lindsay learner, has a performance-based learning experience that allows them to succeed academically and personally. To achieve this vision, every learner must have the very best educator to support them on their journey.

LindsayUnified.jpg#asset:1114 In October 2017, LUSD received a federal Teacher and School Leader grant to design and implement professional learning strategies to improve educator recruitment, capacity, and retention. LUSD is seeking to cultivate the same mindset in educators that it spent the past decade fostering in its learners — that we are all learners — and therefore professional growth for teachers, whom LUSD calls learning facilitators, should be personalized and data-driven.

In 2018, LUSD partnered with The Learning Accelerator to use research science to understand the relationships between these innovative professional learning offerings and learner outcomes. Current research results are below and new results will be posted through 2020, as we discover which strategies lead to long-term change in learning facilitator and learner experiences.

Guided Reading Professional Learning: Effect on Instructional Behaviors and Learner Achievement

This executive summary highlights key findings from research conducted by TLA to understand if learning facilitators’ participation in LUSD's Guided Reading Learning Academies and Micro-Credentials professional development helps ensure all learners read at content level. Early results from the 2018-19 Academic Year show a positive relationship between learning facilitators’ participation in Guided Reading professional learning and learners’ reading growth. Certification is also a potentially powerful mechanism for converting professional learning experiences into visible instructional and achievement-related changes in the classrooms. The full report can be found online; an accessible version of this report is also available for downloading.