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ERIC Number: EJ1059786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
"What If" Sparks a New Way to Learn: Texas Elementary Designs Its Own Teacher-Led Postgraduate School
Toomes, Alyssa
Journal of Staff Development, v36 n2 p32-35 Apr 2015
Engaging educators in learning communities to apply a cycle of continuous improvement is not easy. Schedules, levels of expertise, and district initiatives can easily derail a campus professional learning plan, but Alyssa Toomes was concerned that professional learning experiences would become just another chore to check off teachers' to-do lists. Out of this concern grew an idea: What if a whole new way of developing professional learning courses was created? What if a postgraduate school could be built right on campus? The courses Toomes envisioned had teacher leaders leading the courses, and teachers choosing the topics they wanted to study. Some courses could be facilitated in person during the school's professional learning hour from 8 to 9 a.m., while others could be offered through a variety of virtual avenues allowing participants to study topics at their convenience. From this idea grew Weber U. Although Weber U is not a real university, it is collegial, offering an inclusive professional learning experience. This article details the author's experiences as this new professional learning plan was developed and implemented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas