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- Session Two: Saturday 1:00pm–2:30pm
- Room 307
- Tim Best, Josh Block, Michael Farrell, Larissa Pahomov, Gamal Sherif, Zoe Siswick
- Affiliation: Science Leadership Academy
- Conversational Focus/Audience:
- All School Levels
- Conversation Description:
This conversation is designed to emphasize the importance of teacher voices in local and national conversations about education reform. Over the last couple of years, teachers at SLA have created self-directed personal learning communities (PLCs) to examine various aspects of teaching and learning. This process has helped us understand the importance of teachers being involved in discussions on education reform. For example, we wondered to what extent do schools provide common planning time for collaboration and professional development. We also wondered whether teachers have a voice in site-based decisions that influence their efficacy in the classroom. By talking with participants in the conversation, we hope to learn about and extend effective strategies that foster teacher voice.
- Conversational Practice:
- Participants will be asked to identify the characteristics of worthwhile educational reform. Small groups will consider the role of teachers in identifying and sustaining reform. Groups will also recommend effective strategies to cultivate teacher voice within schools and beyond.
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