Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Teachers learn from each other in collaborative groups

Ferson Creek first-grade teachers Jen Emanuele (from left), Catherine Zarate, Kris Criss and Jaime Foss meet before classes to work on lesson plans and discussing ideas to better meet the needs of students. (H. Rick Bamman –

Teachers in an Illinois district say that collaborating in "professional-learning communities" has helped them discover best practices and new ideas for reaching struggling students. Teachers meet several times each month to discuss "what we want our students to know, how do we know when they've learned it and what do we do for the kids who haven't reached that goal," said Principal Lisa Hichens. The Chronicle (Geneva, Ill.)

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