Teachers Participate in Weekend Workshops
Posted 09/23/2017 03:00PM
NIS teachers have been working hard for the past two weekends in workshops focused on "Collaborative Skills and Practices to Enhance Student Learning." Fourteen NIS teachers traveled to Yokohama for the weekend on Sept. 16-17 to do Part 1 of this EARCOS-sponsored workshop, and then this past weekend they were joined by an additional five staff to complete Part 2 which was held at NIS on Sept. 23-24. This professional development experience was designed to support our ability to extend teacher collaboration in our school, support the development of a collaborative school culture, encourage reflective practice, and help rethink teacher leadership — all in support of increased student achievement. The work we did together emphasized making teaching practice public, continuously assessing teaching in relation to student learning, and routinely adapting teaching to meet the changing needs of today's students. The Critical Friends Group model, which was begun in the mid 1990’s at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, is the foundation of the work. The research base for the work is detailed HERE.