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Highly effective schools challenge convention, always in pursuit of excellence!; Ted Sharp, Interim Executive Director

27 Feb 2019 12:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Good teaching is not just a matter of being efficient, developing competence, mastering technique, and possessing the right level of knowledge. Good teaching also involves emotional work. It is infused with pleasure, passion, creativity, challenge and joy. It is a passionate vocation! Substantive and timely professional development expands the competence and the confidence of teachers and, in doing, significantly enriches the teaching and learning dynamic at work in the school.

Once a school has responded to the questions that are posed when developing its mission, vision, values, and goals, it can help sustain its initiative to establish a professional learning community by asking salient questions such as the following:

  • Are we acting in accordance with our fundamental mission?

  • Have we clarified what we want all students to know and be able to do?

  • What is the most effective response for students who are not succeeding?

  • What are the discrepancies between actual conditions in our school and the school we strive to be?

  • What are our plans to reduce those discrepancies?

  • Are the proposals under consideration consistent with our vision and values?

  • What steps are we taking to advance vision and values in the day-to-day operation of the school?

  • What results do we seek, and what evidence are we gathering to assess our effectiveness?

  • Have we established systemic collaboration as the norm in our school?

  • Are there more effective ways to fulfill our mission, vision, and values?

At LPS, we are focused and engaged in reasoned dialogue and reflection to assure that we are who we purport to be as educational institution. In essence our reason for being is dedicated to providing our students with the core content knowledge, the essential skills, and the social emotional disposition to successfully navigate the challenges and the opportunities that life may present.


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