Make your school
A Learning School
Collaborative professional learning benefits students and educators alike. If every student is to have a competent teacher, then every teacher must engage in learning continuously and master his or her craft to minimize inequality and maximize the potential of every child.
Educators must assess their instructional practices and their students’ learning to determine whether the lessons they planned, the new strategies they used, and the explanations they devised helped students achieve positive academic outcomes.
The learning school model of professional development enables teachers to become effective professional learning communities by working in teams to simultaneously improve the school and student learning. This promotes the success of all students, not just some, as educators focus on specific areas of student need, driven by their analysis of classroom data.
It promotes the success of educators at the same time, as teachers work individually or in teams to enhance professional learning. Professional growth can be obtained from internal or partners such as RESA 2 or the WV Department of Education. The entire school staff is engaged in learning, promoting sustainability and a greater impact on achievement.
Learning school collaboration is a proven method of increasing teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Locally, schools like Salt Rock Elementary School in Cabell County and Hamlin PK-8 school in Lincoln County have produced remarkable results after becoming learning schools.
Contact RESA 2 for more information and technical assistance to assist in becoming a learning school.
The Learning School Model
Set the stage
- Create a culture of collaboration that promotes change
- Schedule time for collaborative professional learning
Implement strategies for success
- Plan for effective professional learning
- Use student data to drive the professional learning process.
- Use proven designs for effective professional learning (action research, etc.)
- Facilitate collaborative professional learning teams
- Plan and report progress
- Evaluate progress
Engage the community by communicating success
Join the academic revolution!
“The learning school initiative has created a new focus in our school. It’s not about what I do or you can do. It’s about what WE can do for the success of our students. It’s about collaboration, planning, and working toward a common goal – our goal. It’s about teacher-led professional development, analyzing data together, and teaching students to be accountable and monitor their own learning.”
– Jennifer Ross, Principal
Salt Rock Elementary School Cabell County
“Being a part of the catalyst school initiative has been a very positive experience for our school. We have learned a lot over the year. We have had many opportunities for professional growth as a result of this program. As an end result, our student’s scores have improved.”
– Stacy Bissell, Principal
New Haven Elementary School Mason County
“The Learning School model has allowed our staff to look at our own school’s needs. It has provided a pathway for individual teacher and student learning goals. Teachers meet regularly to adapt to changing student needs, and our professional learning takes advantage of our staff’s expertise. This has resulted in improved teacher performance, accelerated learning among our students, and a newfound sense of excitement in our building.”
– Rebecca Ferguson Principal
Hamlin PK-8 School, Lincoln County
– Mark Dean, Principal
Gilbert Elementary School, Mingo County
“Becoming a learning school has opened the door to many experiences for the students and staff of Prichard Elementary. Watching teachers and students take control of their own learning has changed our school’s climate.”
– Stephanie McCloud, Principal
Prichard Elementary School, Wayne County
“Because of the learning school initiative, we have discovered that looking at data as a whole school changes the direction and mindset of our teaching path. Instead of focusing on certain groups of students, we now focus on whole school curriculum and how that will impact every student.”
– Keith Thomas, Principal
Culloden Elementary School, Cabell County
Simulated Workplace Environment:
Lincoln County High School
RESA 2 Mission
The mission of RESA 2 is to advance the quality of education while focusing on cost-effective measures in the Region 2 counties of Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, and Wayne.
RESA 2 strives to promote cooperative efforts among the counties, promote excellence in administrative practices and teaching strategies, and consolidate resources in an effort to provide quality educational opportunities.
|06/06/16||8:30 am – 3:30 pm||WVDE Orientation session for County CIL-College and Career Ready Standards||Cabell County Board of Education||18 of 50|
|06/07/16||8:30 am – 3:30 pm||Early Literacy Academy -Limited to county selected teachers||Cabell County Board of Education||28 of 45|
|06/16/16||10:00 am – 12:00 pm||Substitute Teacher Training||RESA 2||14 of 20|