California Educator

April / May 2018

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Instructional Leadership Corps' rural cohort trainer Susan Wolters teaches colleagues about a standards-aligned online resource that offers free K-8 math, language and reading curriculum. The Instructional Leadership Corps brings professional development to remote areas of the state By Sherry Posnick-Goodwin Photos by Scott Buschman uality professional development helps teachers feel supported, connected and able to continue growing in their profession, leading to higher rates of retention. Research, however, shows that providing professional development can be a challenge for rural districts. Several CTA members interviewed for our cover story ("True Grit," page 24) agreed that rural schools often lack professional development opportunities available at their urban counterparts. Cost is a factor. Rural schools have fewer students and less funding, so resources allocated to Q The ILC Rural Cohort team from Lakeport includes (back row) Jessica Libbee, Elsa Pratter, Kristi Tripp, staff Vernon Gettone and Aaron Carter, and (front row) Anna Cross and Ana Gof. 51 A P R I L / M AY 2 018 Reaches Out Teaching & Learning CTA's Instructional Leadership Corps educator and trainer Jade Long at a professional development day for Calaveras Unified Educators Association.

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