Excellent Teaching and Learning Every Day

2016 Shirley Hord Teacher           Learning Team Award

The Shirley Hord Teacher Learning Team Award
honors a team of teachers that demonstrates excellence in professional learning. This annual award recognizes a school-based learning team that exhibits evidence of successful implementation of a cycle of continuous improvement that results in increased teaching effectiveness.

The winner of the 2016 Shirley Hord Teacher Learning Team Award is the Leadership Team at Tustin High School in Tustin, Calif. This team of 13 educators includes teachers and instructional coaches (iCOACHES), as well as the school's principal, Christine Matos, and three assistant principals.

View Tustin High School's video submission here.


For winning this year's award, Tustin High School receives:
  • A cash gift for their school to support collaborative professional learning, courtesy of award sponsor Corwin.
  • Complimentary 2016 Annual Conference registrations, airfare, and hotel for learning team members. The Tustin team will be honored as part of the conference general session on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
  • A profile in the JSD and on Learning Forward's website.


Download the following resources to learn more about what makes an effective learning team:

Learning Forward wishes to thank Corwin for its continued sponsorship of the Shirley Hord Teacher Learning Team Award.

About Shirley Hord

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 collaborative learning's benefits to staff and students. She has assisted schools and districts in building structures and acquiring strategies for this form of professional learning. She has written several books focused on her research and recommendations for school leaders. Shirley is Learning Forward's scholar laureate.

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