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Monday, October 29, 2007

School Wide Communities of Practice by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

In recent years, many school districts have established collaborative practices among teachers by developing professional communities of practice.

Teachers operating in these communities have regular, face-to-face discussions for the purposes of reviewing evidence of student learning, determining student needs and designing interventions to address those needs.
A recent study by NCREL revealed that 70% of principals feel "not at all prepared" to "somewhat prepared" in instructional leadership of which 21st Century strategies are a key element. Because instructional leadership is essential to successful schools, principals and other leaders, must receive consistent, job-embedded support. One effective way to do just that is through virtual learning communities.
In a poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Peter D. Hart Research Associates on behalf of the
Partnership for 21st Century Skills registered voters revealed that Americans are deeply concerned that the United States is not preparing young people with the skills they need to compete in the global economy. What is needed is a strong commitment to help educators and educational leaders implement 21st century strategies in their schools.

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Source: TechLEARNING