ERIC Number: EJ790373
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-2
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"Working Smarter by Working Together"
Education Week, v27 n31 p25-27 Apr 2008
Teacher collaboration is hailed as one of the most effective ways to improve student learning, and one high school in Illinois is often credited with perfecting the concept. This article features Adlai E. Stevenson High School which was one of the first in the U.S. to embrace what are known as professional learning communities. The professional learning community has become a way of life at Adlai E. Stevenson, where teachers have been perfecting the concept for a quarter-century. The school's focus on teacher teamwork has catapulted it from an ordinary good school to an extraordinary one, advocates say: Among its many accolades, it has been a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon school for four years--one of only three nationwide to achieve that honor. Moreover, as many as 96 percent of Stevenson's students go on to college. So well known are the learning communities here that each year, 3,000 people visit the school's sprawling campus 30 miles northwest of Chicago to experience firsthand how its teacher-collaboration model works.
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Cooperation, Faculty Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Teamwork, Academic Achievement, High Schools, State Departments of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois