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ERIC Number: EJ876341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
From Solo to Ensemble: Fine Arts Teachers Find a Harmonious Solution to Their Isolation
Maher, Jeff; Burroughs, Christina; Dietz, Laurel; Karnbach, AnneMarie
Journal of Staff Development, v31 n1 p24-29 Feb 2010
This article describes how teachers who were once isolated by distance and the nature of their jobs are connecting across schools in online professional learning communities. While riding the wave of technology, St. Mary's County Public Schools in Leonardtown, Maryland, is providing a connection for teachers that extends beyond school walls. Collaboration is at the core of professional learning in St. Mary's County Public Schools. The expectation that every teacher would collaborate to foster professional learning and improved student learning led to the need to find differentiated processes to ensure that every teacher, regardless of position or content area, had the opportunity to engage in high-quality, job-embedded learning. It was found that electronic tools can be used to achieve this purpose. Collaborative professional development is focused on clarity of purpose and centered on student learning and results. Looking at models for professional learning, it was clear that collaborative, purposeful, and results-oriented professional development was necessary to ensure high levels of learning for both teachers and students. To get to these higher levels of learning, teachers needed to work together, plan together, and learn together. Expectations for collaborative planning and professional learning communities are even embedded in St. Mary's County Public Schools' teacher evaluation system through a unified effort with the education association.
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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: Maryland