Aug 27, 2013
Over 60 Districts, Charter Organizations, And Scholarship Schools To Participate

BATON ROUGE, La- The Department of Education today announced that representatives from nearly every district and staff from charter and scholarship schools across the state will attend professional development in New Orleans led by Dr. Ricky Dufour and Becky Dufour on August 27th and 28th at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The Dufours are former classroom educators and nationally-recognized authorities on applying the principles of collaboration to everyday school environments.

"Students benefit when those closest to them work together to make decisions that help them to improve," said State Superintendent John White. "Our state has made a commitment to provide educators with the support they need to make schools in Louisiana a place where educators are viewed as professionals and collaboration leads to student success."

The training titled, Professional Learning Communities at Work, will include superintendents, assistant superintendents, Teacher Leaders, principals, and district staff. The Department of Education has identified collaboration between teachers and principals as a priority for the 2013-2014 school year.

Districts are working to create or improve  their professional learning communities by:

  • Ensuring each school has a designated leader and time for teacher collaboration;
  • Creating a plan and schedule for principal collaboration and designating a leader;
  • Creating a plan for principal and teacher professional development days that prioritize content aligned to rigorous standards; and,
  • Identifying responsibilities for Teacher Leaders in their school to support this work.

Over the next two days, participants will begin this work by learning how to:

  • Design collaboration structures that will increase student learning and improve teacher practice;
  • Build a school culture where teachers and leaders rely on collaboration as an important tool to improve student learning; and,
  • Use student work and information about student performance as the basis for all collaboration.

This two-day training is funded by a portion of the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant (SCRL), a federal grant to improve the reading and writing skills of students. Louisiana is one of six states to receive the grant, and this training combines the statewide goal of increasing educator collaboration with the SRCL's objective of improving literacy across the state.

To learn more about these district goals and how they connect to the state's critical goals for student success, visit the District Support Toolbox, here

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