2013 Hord Award winner

Congratulations to Santa Fe Junior High School's eighth-grade math team

santa-fe-junior-high 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
definition of professional learning in action. 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.

‚ÄčWatch Santa Fe's winning video here.
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For questions, contact:
Carol François
Director of Learning

About Shirley Hord
Since the mid-1990s, Shirley Hord has focused her career on research on the impact of professional learning
communities. She has led research teams that have identified the attributes of effective learning teams and benefits to staff and students of collaborative learning and work. More recently she has focused on assisting schools and districts in building structures and acquiring strategies for this form of professional learning. With colleagues, she has written several books focused on her research and recommendations for school leaders. Shirley is Learning Forward's scholar laureate.