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Writing Project Teachers Develop Professional Learning Model

Publication: Education News Colorado
Date: January 20, 2012

Summary: Writing Project teacher-leaders from several states gathered for the winter meeting of the National Writing Project's Literacy Design Collaborative, a professional learning initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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The weekend's work serves as a powerful framework for professional learning at its best — an extended experience where teachers were recognized as professionals and actively engaged in the process of relevant and rigorous learning.

Each teacher's own district, school and classroom context was at the forefront of the work. An outsider looking in on these teachers might, at first glance, think that it was all about the modules themselves. Indeed, each teacher received at least an hour to present their work and receive feedback from their small group using a supportive protocol. But reducing the learning to just this task is akin to seeing exceptional classroom instruction as merely the result of a lesson plan."

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