IImagine having opportunities for teams of educators to come together regularly to engage in rich conversations about teaching — conversations so rich that they address problems of practice and support educators to learn on the job (Little, 2002). The instructional leadership team — principals, coaches, and other school leaders — works together to transform instruction by developing school-wide professional communities that help teachers learn alongside their colleagues. What types of talk promote teachers’ professional growth? In the following vignettes, 4th-grade teachers and instructional leaders examine student work and observe classroom instruction. These learning designs encourage teachers to talk in ways that develop a shared understanding of teaching, which is instrumental to their professional growth (Lampert et al., 2013). A close look at these vignettes shows how instructional leaders establish school-wide professional communities in which teachers and leaders continually converse about their practice
The Influence of Tracking on Students’ Math Identity
As students who have been given the opportunity to see the “secret world” of teachers, attending Leadership Coaching Lab (LCL) meetings has
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