by Principal David L. Maugel
In the March 30, 2011 edition of Education Week, the Harvard Graduate School of Education shares a concept entitled, “Schooling as a Knowledge Profession.” The article discusses the original development of public schools using a “factory model” which does not meet the needs of today’s society.
“In the world we envision, researchers, practitioners, and commercial partners will enter into a new and vibrant partnership where each contributes its distinctive expertise.” New York City former Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein sought to create “inquiry teams” that emphasized seeing schools less as implementers of programs from above and more as coherent learning and problem-solving organizations addressing problems of practice.
NorthWood High School has been engaged in the development of Professional Learning Communities the last three years, which continue to evolve and branch out to seek the best practices to allow all students to learn. The Professional Learning Community concept comes with challenges to prevailing norms, rationale for change, and accountability for improvement. While we may have concerns about future changes in legislation, policy, and procedures, we find ourselves continuing to focus on student learning and excited about future successes.
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Mr. Maugel writes a monthly review of materials he has found from journals, magazines, or other articles that may be of interest to parents.