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PAGE PL Networks Make a Positive Learning Difference for Students, Staff

Sunday, November 12, 2017  
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You can access the report as a web page (click on the large image above) or as a printable document (link below).


Click HERE to Read Research Brief


ATLANTA - Regional school district professional learning networks across Georgia sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) are making a difference in effective instruction for students and improving the ability of educators to teach all students, according to two case studies.

The three emerging findings presented in the latest research brief are:


1)     Educators are building meaningful relationships with students, supporting them and their families to achieve academic success.

2)     Schools are focusing on engaging students in meaningful work.

3)     Professional learning themes are evident in educators’ practices.


The positive effect of PAGE’s professional learning efforts has been verified through two studies, the most recent involving students and educators in five schools in one school district within the South Georgia School District Network (SGSDN). An interim report on the ongoing research was recently shared by the study team of David Reynolds and Marta Walker of PAGE and Mark Garrison, Ph.D., of NewEDU and a professor of education and policy research at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York. The South Georgia School District Network Research Brief is available for review HERE.


The first study, which was completed in 2015, researched professional learning outcomes in two Georgia districts, one north and one south. The full report was called “Transformation in the Era of Reform: A Case Study of PAGE’s High School Redesign Initiative” and an executive summary titled “Your Work Matters” highlighted the major understandings from the research.


The research-based conclusions of the positive impact of professional learning are important indicators that PAGE’s efforts with and for educators is a worthwhile investment and that students benefit from the work. Concurrent with the strong evidence of effectiveness of quality professional learning from the first study, PAGE developed regional professional learning networks with a focus on more rural areas where high percentages of students come from homes of poverty.


“PAGE wants every student in Georgia to be taught by an educator who understands his or her individual students and is a leader in the school and community,” said Dr. Allene Magill, PAGE executive director. “Our district networks connect teachers and leaders within their schools and with educators in other districts nearby so that they can learn from one another and further improve their knowledge and skills to do their best work with students.”


Magill said providing professional learning for Georgia educators is a vital part of PAGE’s mission. PAGE provides all of the resources at no cost to the districts and without regard for whether the educators are members of the organization. “We wish we could reach every Georgia educator through one of our networks and will continue to work with as many as we can as we expand these opportunities and as those who participate in the work take what they’ve learned back into their classrooms, schools and communities,” she said.


The first research summary “Your Work Matters” is also available HERE.


The core business of PAGE is to provide professional learning for educators that will enhance professional competence and confidence, build leadership qualities and lead to higher academic achievement for students, while providing the best in membership, legal services and legislative support.

At more than 92,000 members, PAGE is the nation’s second-largest independent professional educator association.


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