Congratulations to Santa Fe Junior High School's eighth-grade math team
definition of professional learning in action
| ||Learning Forward and Corwin announced the eighth-grade math team at Santa Fe Junior High School in Santa Fe, Texas, as the winner of the Shirley Hord Learning Team Award. This award, which honors Shirley Hord's research on learning communities, is given to a team of teachers that demonstrates Learning Forward's
. The winning team focused their collaborative work on increasing student engagement as a critical element in improving student achievement in mathematics.
According to their principal, Rachel Blundell, "All of our learning teams have been using job-embedded professional learning tools to identify specific student challenges and have set goals that will raise our students’ achievement levels. The eighth-grade math team is one great example of that ongoing work." Through an analysis of data from student achievement tests, walk-throughs, and teacher observations, the team identified their problem of practice and outlined specific goals. Through their collaboration, the team has developed instructional strategies and uses meeting time to discuss successes and challenges. The learning team includes teachers, Blundell, and an instructional coach and curriculum specialist.
Watch Santa Fe's winning video here.