Smaller Learning Communities - an Introduction
Venue: Las Vegas
|Event Date/Time: Feb 19, 2008||End Date/Time: Feb 19, 2008|
An interdisciplinary team of teachers shares a few hundred or fewer students in common for instruction, assumes responsibility for their educational progress across years of school, and exercises maximum flexibility to act on knowledge of students' needs. (Oxley, Dec. 2005)
This workshop will draw on research and practice accrued to date to identify strategies that support key elements of smaller learning communities.
We will examine best practices in five interdependent areas:
1.Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning Teams
2.Rigorous, Relevant Curriculum and Instruction
3.Inclusive Programs and Practices
4.Continuous Program Improvement
5.Building/District-level Support for SLCs
•Learn a seven-step cycle of continuous program improvement
•Identify more specific best practices. These are supported by research which identifies these practices as having positive effects on student achievement.
In short, we will examine the question, "What constitutes optimal small learning community practice?"