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Connect inquiry to improved teaching and learning across your district!

Now that federal and state initiatives require school districts to provide job-embedded professional development, the next step is making it happen. This book helps districts define, develop, and implement a systematic inquiry-based process with a laser-like focus on both adult and student learning. This book�s inquiry model challenges educators and students to: Define questions they are passionate about exploring; Collect and analyze data to inform their questions; Share what they have learned through the process with others; Collaborate to build on their results and improve student achievement

The authors' award-winning school improvement program, featured in the text, offers a fresh look at how to improve the quality of teaching and learning across a district. Administrators, teachers, and students will find an invaluable road map for tackling real-world challenges and taking control of their own learning.

An Inquiry-Oriented PLC in Practice: The Story of the GIRLS
An inquiry-oriented PLC in practice: The Story of the GIRLS

Systems successful in improving student learning are characterized by articulated norms and values, a focus on student learning, reflective dialogue, collaborative practice, and deprivatization of teaching.

—Garmston (2007)

After 25 years as a teacher, Kathy was one of approximately 200 teachers in her state to be named to a new position, reading coach, as a part of a statewide initiative to improve reading and literacy in 2003. Kathy referred fondly to the Village Oaks Elementary School in Immokalee, Florida—where she had taught since its opening in 1987 and would now serve as reading coach—as “home.” Nestled in southwest Florida, 40 miles from Naples, the Immokalee community of 30,000 ...

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