Learning by Doing
CCA Teachers and administration have been busy learning this summer. For two weeks in early June, over 40 teachers gathered to get Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) training in modules 1-3 and over 20 continued on with training in modules 4-6. LETRS training is understanding the science behind reading and reading struggles. It is the only course of study backed by many years of evidence-based research with proven success. The professional development helps teachers translate research to classroom application. By understanding how the brain learns reading and how it processes words leads to a better understanding of why kids struggle and how to help them. LETRS guides teachers with practical applications for in the classrooms. Instructors from Grant Wood Area Education Agency taught the courses at CCA.
There were also 28 teachers that attended the three-day Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Conference in Minneapolis. Along with Iowa, 31 states were represented at this national conference. Based on evidence based research of “Learning by Doing”, CCA staff works together to collaborate to be better as a team. The focus on a PLC is about the learning not the teaching and how to make sure all students get access to the teaching they need so they are learning the materials they need to learn. As a school district, PLC’s are a high priority area for teacher learning. CCA teachers focus on three big ideas that drive the work of PLC’s, Focus on Learning, Fostering a Collaborative Culture, and Focus of Student Results. A PLC is an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. Professional learning communities operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators.