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ERIC Number: EJ1001510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
A Tapestry of Inquiry and Action: Cycle of Learning Weaves Its Way through Washington District
Rasmussen, Harriette Thurber; Karschney, Kathryn
Journal of Staff Development, v33 n3 p10-14 Jun 2012
Welcome to the West Valley School District in eastern Washington. Home to almost 4,000 students, West Valley made a public commitment more than seven years ago that all students would graduate with the option to attend college. This daunting goal--made even more so by the fact that almost half of the district's high school students come from neighboring districts to enroll in West Valley's alternative school system--has required leaders to apply a critical lens to their work and to recognize that the change they want to see begins with the collaborative practice of professional learning. Superintendent Polly Crowley has carefully put a number of structures and support systems in place to embed the idea that professional learning is routine for all adults. One such support system is West Valley's participation in the Washington State Leadership Academy, a statewide initiative to develop the leadership and organizational capacity for improving coherent systems. Academy participation provides access to a cutting-edge curriculum, cross-district cohort support, and a leadership coach to support participants' work. Although West Valley had already established a culture that expected learning and improvement, it was the addition of a tool called the cycle of inquiry that propelled the district's collaborative practice to the next level.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington