Recently, I wrote about the power of professional learning communities and the positive experience I had with colleagues at a mini leadership retreat.
We have a lot of informal learning communities here at Cary Academy, where teachers thrive on collaboration with colleagues and within departments. Learning communities also exist in some more formal ways. Over the past few years, our Instructional Technology Team has implemented protocols to help them better examine the impact of tools and projects that utilize technology.
They document part of this work on their ITT Blog. There is a lot of interesting collaborative work here, and some very focused reflection on how our technology projects can be improved.
In addition to review and reflection within the ITT team, a recent upper school English project was used as an example of how a project can be “tuned” in an upper school faculty meeting. Such a deliberate reflection is an important part of critical friends groups. Our upper school faculty has embarked on the use of critical friends groups as a part of their year-long review of assessment practices at Cary Academy.