Professional Development

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The Power of Collaboration in Christian Schools

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When a teacher leader approached the Grand Rapids Christian High School faculty in 2012 about “the PLC” (professional learning community) process, we were convinced that this was another educational initiative, an acronym even, that would fade away if we just waited it out. We were being asked to work collaboratively in our teams (departments) and […]

Teachers Matter: Communities of Inquiry for Professional Learning and Development

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Teachers Matter

    To ensure a higher standard of learning, schools must insist on the best possible quality of teaching and create an integrated, collaborative, continual-growth faculty culture where practice and research unite (Barber and Mourshed). The Critical Impact of Teachers in Schools Recent research confirms what most of us already know—that high-quality teaching improves student […]

Professional Learning Communities

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On June 3, 2012, Al Boerema introduced the issue for discussion: It is becoming clear that the development of professional learning communities (PLCs) is an essential element of school change and reform. Roland Barth’s article, “Relationships within the Schoolhouse” describes four kinds of relationships: parallel play, adversarial or competitive, congenial, and collegial (Educational Leadership, March […]