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ERIC Number: EJ914950
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Central Office Plants the Seeds, Schools Cultivate Their Own Learning
von Frank, Valerie
Journal of Staff Development, v31 n3 p38-41 Jun 2010
Every April, the staff of Stilwell Junior High School (West Des Moines, Iowa) spend a day analyzing student data together. Staff members consider standardized tests scores, look at item-by-item results and trends, and consider how groups are performing. They also look at social data, gathered from students about how the youth view their school experience, such as whether they feel engaged in their lessons and feel someone in the school cares about them. From these data, teachers glean ideas for where they will focus attention and begin to form a year-long plan for professional learning at Stilwell. In the West Des Moines Community Schools, the central office sets a vision and overarching goals, but individual schools develop their own plans for how to achieve those goals and for teachers' professional learning. Central office staff have a new role, according to NSDC's definition of effective professional learning. The definition calls for the central office and schools to share responsibility for teachers' development, but to have teachers continue their learning in the school, their workplace, to make what happens more relevant to both teacher and student learning. Central office administrators no longer hand out catalogs of workshops and invite any teacher in the district to sign up. Teachers work together on-site to analyze what their students need, determine what they need to learn to improve instruction in those areas, and then learn together, refining their practice..
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Junior High Schools
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa