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ERIC Number: EJ758303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Finding Time for Teams: Student Achievement Grows as District Support Boosts Collaboration
Johnston, Jef; Knight, Mary; Miller, Laura
Journal of Staff Development, v28 n2 p14-18 Spr 2007
Finding time for teams to work in schools is both a necessity and a responsibility. If educators are sincere about efforts to improve student learning, leaders must take responsibility for providing team time for teachers and a structure in which they are able to work collaboratively. The Papillion-La Vista (Nebraska) Public Schools took to heart the responsibility of providing time for teams. The district needed to strengthen its use of assessments to improve instruction and provide students with feedback. More importantly, leaders wanted teachers to use assessments to improve instruction. District leaders planned and created classroom goals teams in 2002-2003 to help teachers develop strategies to evaluate student assessments and target their instruction based on the results. In 2004, the district developed a second set of teams that meet during the school day to focus on two activities: curriculum planning and student interventions. The effort to use collaborative teams has enabled the district to progress toward NSDC's goal of high-quality professional learning for all staff and to improve teaching in ways that raise student achievement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nebraska