Collaborative Practice

8 Oct

Man, check out this spot-on blog post from Education Week.

The post references a paper from the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, which suggests a number of structures that would help schools to retain teachers and help, overall, to professionalize the field. My favorite of the bunch – time in schools for collaborative practice. Yes, yes, and yes.

A few years ago, I stumbled upon a job listing at one of the schools in the High Tech High network in San Diego. They were looking to hire a director of faculty research. What, what? A DIRECTOR OF FACULTY RESEARCH. In a high school. Mind = blown. Teachers having access to the conversations going on in the field! Teachers contributing to conversations! Schools supporting teachers’ contributions to the field! How about that? Seems like a pretty good idea, I’d say.

So, yeah, thanks, state teachers of the year, for making a point public that is so important yet so forgotten. We get better by reading and writing and reflecting and participating and listening and speaking and contributing. Let’s make some time for that.

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