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ERIC Number: EJ1107633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Expanding Excellence: Teachers Cross District Lines to Learn with Peers
Owens, Ben; Strahan, David
Journal of Staff Development, v37 n3 p21-24 Jun 2016
This article provides a vignette which demonstrates some of the outcomes that occur when teachers collaborate across school district lines. The project began as an idea from Ben Owens, a 2014 Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow. The basic notion was that good teaching doesn't happen in isolation. As someone who came into teaching after a career in engineering, Owens knew the power of collaboration and its importance to the bottom line in business. Seeing a stark contrast in education, where many teachers work in isolation, he realized there must be a simpler way to identify teachers interested in growing professionally by working with peers in other schools or districts. The resulting proposal featured a process for recruiting interested teachers from neighboring districts who would work in pairs to "expand pockets of teaching excellence." Owens' proposal specifically targeted teachers who were in the same general content areas and taught students at or near the same grade 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: North Carolina
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