Magazine article The Learning Professional

3rd-Grade Team Wins Shirley Hord Learning Team Award

Magazine article The Learning Professional

3rd-Grade Team Wins Shirley Hord Learning Team Award

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The 3rd-grade team from Clinton Elementary School in Lancaster County (S.C.) School District is the winner of the 2011 Shirley Hord Learning Team Award. This award, presented by Learning Forward and Corwin, is given to a team of teachers that demonstrates Learning Forward's definition of professional development in action.

"Members of this team not only impacted their students, but also their colleagues," said Clinton Elementary School Principal Rachel Ray. "They understand that their actions have a direct impact on student learning." Schoolwide, 70% of Clinton students were reading independently on grade level in May 2011, compared to 8% in August 2009. Third-grade students have made a 26-point gain in English language arts and 28-point gain in mathematics. Through collaboration in professional learning teams, data analysis, analysis of student work, and the support of an instructional facilitator, the percentage of Clinton students performing below basic on the state English language arts test dropped 52% between 2009 and 2011.

Learning Forward's annual awards program recognizes individuals for their commitment to improving student achievement through effective professional learning. The Shirley Hord Learning Team Award honors the research Hord has conducted on the attributes and effects of successful professional learning communities. Learning teams from schools across the United States and Canada submitted nominations for the award, including videos of their teams at work.

Corwin sponsored the award, which included funds to support three representatives of the winning 3rd-grade team from Clinton Elementary to participate in Learning Forward's 2011 Summer Conference. Clinton Elementary School will also receive a $2,500 gift to the school to support collaborative professional learning, and a gift of Corwin books for the school's professional library.

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September: Members will be asked to participate in the Board of Trustees election throughout the month.

Sept. 16: Proposal deadline for Learning Forward's 2012 Summer Conference in Denver, Colo. …

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