By Scott Sterling We’re all aware of the statistics that point out teacher attrition and how the issue is one of the most important that harms education today. It’s become simply too hard to hire teachers and help them stay in the classroom longer than a few years. Or is
By Scott Sterling A professional learning community is only as strong as the sum of its parts. A group of apathetic teachers will only produce apathetic results. Part of that can be solved by the initial grouping, but some things need to be left to the individual educators. Here are
By Scott Sterling One of the key pieces of the beginning of the school year is the establishment or reestablishment of a school’s professional learning communities (PLCs). Although PLCS are a common practice in modern education, perhaps a school has a new leadership team or quite a few new teachers.
By Learning Sciences Dylan Wiliam Center Staff On this blog, we’ve had quite a few posts on teacher collaboration, professional development, and PLC scheduling. It’s important for educators to work together to improve their practice. PLCs are a common structure to foster collaboration and accountability. But they’re not the only
By Scott Sterling Last month, we discussed conative skills. You won’t find conative skills on many pacing guides or curricula, but students need to master them. Our list from that post included: Interpreting situations Cultivating a growth mindset Developing resiliency Avoiding negative thinking Taking various perspectives on an issue Interacting
By Scott Sterling We’ve already talked about the importance of collaboration among teachers and the components that make for an effective professional learning community (PLC). Everyone knows you need to work with fellow teachers for maximum student achievement. The problem, as most teachers and administrators report, is a lack of