Our Community of Practice initiative is going strong. The premise of the initiative is simple; by visiting other classrooms we can gain exposure to varied teaching practices, reflect on our own practices and encourage conversation about the art and craft of teaching. We appreciate the support of the Northwest Consortium districts for the support. We have recently visited classrooms in Smithfield, Lincoln and Burrillville. All grade levels had positive feedback. After the school visitations all ELA grade level teams met with the Curriculum Director to discuss our writing focus “prose constructed response” and share expectations and student work. This week the High School English teachers will be conducting observations and participating in the planning sessions.
Also, through the Northwest Consortium (North Smithfield, Lincoln, Burrillville and Smithfield), our High School Science teachers will be participating in a full day professional development session with East Bay Collaborative focusing on biology, chemistry and physics lesson development aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.