Search Results: STEM

Adding layers of support

By John Norton / January 1, 2007

Erin Scott has spent her 17-year teaching career in Ozark, Ala., a small city school system tucked in the southeast corner of the state, less than an hour’s drivefrom the borders of Georgia and Florida. For more than half her professional life, Scott has specialized in reading intervention, most recently as a reading resource teacher […]

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Web of support

By Joellen Killion / January 1, 2007

To increase student achievement, schools and districts are hiring teachers as leaders to support peers in improving teaching and learning. Their roles are variously called coach, school-based staff developer, instructional specialist, or program facilitator. These new school leaders are respected as competent teachers, have demonstrated their success with students, and have credibility with both the […]

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Right way to begin depends on where you are right now

By Robert J. Garmston / January 1, 2007

Sally Oxenberry was asked to facilitate the leadership team that meets weekly at her middle school and to help develop a spirit of collaboration. The school staff is organized into teams of five or six people. Oxenberry works with the team leaders. She had modeled collaborative practices such as paraphrasing but didn’t know what other skills […]

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Nuts and bolts of a district improvement effort in Maryland centers on the staff development teacher

By Learning Forward, Sharon Hemphil and Judy Duffield / January 1, 2007

These teacher comments refer to the impact of the staff development teacher, the “teachers’ teacher” in each of the 199 schools in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. The staff development teacher facilitates the evolution of a school-based professional learning community focused on improving teaching and learning by being a catalyst for teacher change and […]

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Mirror, mirror, in the lab

By Learning Forward / January 1, 2007

Susan Herll and Liz Briggs huddle at a table in the center of a nearly empty classroom in a middle school in Colorado. The room is clearly unused for student instruction. Tables are pushed against a wall, chairs are stacked, the bulletin boards are bare. It is a quiet place in the heart of a […]

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3 strategies for administrators

By Marilyn Tallerico / January 1, 2007

Principals and district administrators must do more than simply add staff developers to schools and hope for the best. How can education leaderssupport on-site staff developers? To sustain systemic conditions conducive to on-site staff developers’ work, administrative leaders must ensure that resources are invested overadequate time periods, must honor each school’s history of improvement efforts, […]

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