2016 Hord Award winner

Congratulations to the Leadership Team at Tustin High School!

Tustin Team Cropped  The Leadership Team at Tustin High School in Tustin, California  
  has won the 2016 Shirley Hord Teacher Learning Team Award.
  The award is given annually to a school-based learning team that
  successfully implements a cycle of continuous improvement that
  results in increased teaching effectiveness.

  Watch Tustin's winning video here.
Tustin High’s Leadership Team is made up of 13 instructional coaches (called iCOACHes), as well as three assistant principals, a “coach of coaches,” and school principal Christine Matos. The team engages in a cycle of improvement designed to increase their coaching skills and to help them use various forms of student and teacher data to improve teaching and learning.

“The Tustin High School leadership team exemplifies the elements of a team using the cycle of continuous improvement in a collegial way to search out problems, explore solutions, and make changes to increase their effectiveness,” said Learning Forward Scholar Laureate Shirley Hord. “Team members openly share their classroom practices, and suggest to others how they might respond to classroom issues. The teachers’ talk is about data and its basis for their professional learning goals. It is clear that they believe that student achievement and the learning of the school’s adult professionals are undeniably related.”

Located in Orange County in southern California, Tustin High School is a Title I school that serves 2,200 students.

The team will be recognized at Learning Forward's 2016 Annual Conference in Vancouver, December 3-7. The award, sponsored by Corwin, includes funds to support conference attendance for team members, $2,500 to support collaborative professional learning, and a gift of Corwin books for the school’s library.

Pictured (L-R)

Eric Zamora, Derek Johnson, Maribel Herrera-Olmedo, Ryan Miller, Melissa Trout, Celeste Kelly, Jamie Ernst, Principal Christine Matos, Sheila Moeller, Delia Racines, Ali del Castillo, Joanna Vandal, Joanna Lane, and Randy Reta. Not pictured are team members Michele Boudreaux, Timothy Grave, Roland Jones, and Claire Gocke.

Questions? Contact:
Tom Manning

About Shirley Hord

  Since the
  Shirley Hord
  has focused
  her research
  on the impact of professional learning communities. Her research teams have identified the attributes of effective learning teams and benefits to staff and students of collaborative learning. More recently she has focused on assisting schools and districts in building structures and acquiring strategies for this form of professional learning. Shirley is Learning Forward's scholar laureate.

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