|Type of Product:||Book Chapter
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|Publication Title:||Reforming Secondary Science Instruction
|Grade Level:||Middle School, High School
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This chapter proposes one way to foster teamwork and develop a professional learning community at the secondary level by describing the development of a leadership team focused on improving science teaching and learning. Forming a leadership team is just the first step. We often expect a team of adults to know how to work together; however, we find that this is a false assumption. This chapter will provide ideas and insights into how to build a team as part of the task of improving science teaching and learning, as well as how to help the team and the entire school community develop the skills and abilities to work together as a true professional learning community.
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, Elementary-Level Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Educational research, Professional development, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
|Requirements:||Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
National Standards Correlation
This resource has 8 correlations with the National Standards.
- Context of Professional Development
- Learning Communities
- Organizes adults into learning communities whose goals are aligned with those of the school and district. (NSDC)
- Provide regular, frequent opportunities for individual and collegial examination and reflection on classroom and institutional practice. (NSES)
- Requires skillful school and district leaders who guide continuous instructional improvement. (NSDC)
- Support the sharing of teacher expertise by preparing and using mentors, teacher advisers, coaches, lead teachers, and resource teachers to provide professional development opportunities. (NSES)
- Process Standards for Professional Development
- Prepares educators to apply research to decision making. (NSDC)
- Connect and integrate all pertinent aspects of science and science education. (NSES)
- Introduce teachers to scientific literature, media, and technological resources that expand their science knowledge and their ability to access further knowledge. (NSES)
- Teaching Standards
- Teachers of science actively participate in the ongoing planning and development of the school science program.
- Participate fully in planning and implementing professional growth and development strategies for themselves and their colleagues.
||Teaming Keys to success
||Reviewed by: Patricia (Pottstown, PA) on February 1, 2013
||Although this chapter may not be applicable for some teachers, I found it to to be a fascinating read, particularly if you are in a leadership position. Establishing an effectively functioning team doesn't happen by itself, but you'll gain insight into specific actions you can do to help develop a strong team.
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