New learning model success starts with principals' support

Education Dive | January 16, 2019

New learning model success starts with principals' support
When principals support and encourage the formation of professional learning communities (PLCs), students in their schools benefit from best practices and a more unified vision for success being shared among teachers around new educational models like project-based learning (PBL), Shanghai American School Instructional Coach Andrew Miller writes for Edutopia.PBL projects can be assessed within PLCs, giving educators more feedback on the success of their own project. Teachers may also be able to see why other PBL class projects may have had different outcomes, gleaning helpful details to use with their own students.Within a PLC, teachers can also work together collaboratively to differentiate lessons to meet students' needs across all of their classes — no matter who their teacher may be.Schools often use peer-based learning networks, usually within grade levels, where educators work together to make sure students are reaching set milestones before they graduate.

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Many accomplishments in our societies and cultures were achieved by people working together productively and creatively to solve a specific problem—the essence of collaboration. It is more and more seen as a critically important skill. Libbey Kitten, a K–12 science STEM specialist at Powhatan County Public Schools in Virginia, says, “Beyond content knowledge, we need our students to learn how to collaborate, communicate respectfully with each other, take constructive criticism and engage in discourse in a way that doesn’t lead to a fight. In the era of standardized testing.

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