Every month throughout the academic year, we bring together teacher-leaders who are willing to take risks and challenge their own pedagogical assumptions about learning. Each member of our Thought Communities reads professional literature and connects his/her thinking to the "real" literacy and mathematical work that students do. Each develops ways to systematically observe, record and collect study samples from their own classrooms. Each teacher explores new territory, tries new strategies in the classroom, and brings those experiences back to the table for discussion. These experiences drive our monthly meeting agendas and help to inform our teaching and learning.
Teachers must apply to the Partnership's Literacy Thought Community or Mathematics Thought Community. Admission is not guaranteed, but rather, is selective and provides teacher-leaders to collaborate with a handful of the region's best K-8 ELA and math teachers.
K-8 classroom teachers interested in serving as leaders school-wide, helping implement and support math workshops and facilitate collaborative, strategic curriculum planning among peers. These teachers must have established math workshops and/or reading and writing workshops in their classrooms/schools, as appropriate to the group's content area(s). Applicants must have the support of their principals.
To participate in one of our Thought Communities, each teacher must:
Applications for the Mathematics Thought Community and the Literacy Thought Community are due August 31.
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