Category Archives: Professional Learning Communities

Many schools struggle with having a clear process for conducting data analysis within teams.  The University of Maryland has a nicely defined process called: Introduction to the Classroom-Focused Improvement Process CFIP: School Improvement in Maryland. At the website is a … Continue reading

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We would like to thank all of the Empowered High Schools Blog readers for following us over to our new website.  We are really excited about the new site.  It parallels our move into working with K-8 schools.  We now offer curriculum, assessment, and data … Continue reading

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Leading a school toward highly effective teams does not consist of a “one and done” professional development.  It requires lots of leadership maintenance.  Aside from checking in on PLT team leaders on a regular basis, the concept of PLTs needs … Continue reading

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We are strong proponents of blending both the art of the teacher with the science of teaching; only through the synergy of these two elements can we truly cause the greatest amount of achievement for the greatest number of students. … Continue reading

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The first step of the Empowered Schools Model involves the formation of Professional Learning Teams.  There is a wealth of resources that exist on how to best form teams.  We advocate that the members of the team take a meeting … Continue reading

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A couple of weeks ago Edweek posted a commentary by Tim Loveless entitled “Does the common Core Matter?”.  The article is predicated on the 2012 Brown Center Report on American Education which Mr. Loveless collaborated on for the Brookings Institute.  … Continue reading

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Dylan Wiliam, one of the co-authors of the famous Wiliam and Black study on formative assessment, has recently produced the book, Embedded Formative Assessment. Published by Solution Tree, the book provides great theoretical insights, little known research, and a treasure … Continue reading

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A regular reference site for us, the HBR blog has a great posts on innovative teams. Make sure that you check it out: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/03/making_innovation_teams_even_m.html

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A highly effective team holds debrief sessions after conducting major projects.  In education, this might mean that the team holds a meeting to discuss a new instructional activity or a refined assessment.  Freelance Switch provides a few useful questions for … Continue reading

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It’s not going to blow you away, but there’s a portal called http://www.teambuildingportal.com/articles/effective-teams/creating-winning-team It has a nice assortment of materials for team building.

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