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Building Communities of Shared Practice: How to Foster Deep Learning

Does the following checklist look, or sound, familiar to you? Pedagogical focus for the following school year is agreed upon Professional Development dates are confirmed on the calendar The amazing workshop leader or consultant is booked Teachers implement what they learned on the PD day(s) in their classrooms to enhance student learning How often do you check ALL of the boxes? Which box is typically the most important? Which box is the one typically left unchecked? Why? And more importantly, how can we improve in this area? My guess is that most of us, if not all of us, agree that the final box for the questions above proves to be the most challenging. But why? The bottom line is that without the chance to continue learning about the topic and actively using the tools/strategies delivered during the PD sessions, people simply revert back to what they have in the existing toolbox because they haven’t truly experienced deep learning of the content presented. So, how can we provide for
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