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Educator Participation, Collaboration, and Professional Learning
A Report for the Collaborative | January 21, 2019
Sevenzo was supported to work with ABC CREATE to collect feedback and insights in November and December 2018.
They used an through an administrator survey, teacher and non-instructional school staff survey, set of interviews, and observations of two ABC CREATE convenings. Eight of the collaborative’s 14 districts responded to the district and school administrator survey. These include: Allegheny Valley, Apollo Ridge, Armstrong, Kiski, Leechburg, New Kensington Arnold, Plum Boro and Riverview. Not represented in these results are Burrell, Deer Lakes, Fox Chapel, Franklin Regional, Freeport, and Highlands.
“The connections that you make between districts [is the biggest benefit]. This is unheard of. It doesn’t happen normally that you have rival school districts working together to be better at something. I saw the value immediately in what I’ve done in my classroom.” — Educator
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Roughly 480 educators from the same eight network districts responded to the teacher and non-instructional staff survey, with Kiski and Plum Boro both achieving over 50% staff participation in the survey. Not represented in these results are Burrell, Deer Lakes, Fox Chapel, Franklin Regional, Freeport, and Highlands.
Alle-Kiski Best Practices Collaborative CREATE Lab Satellite Network (ABC CREATE) is a K-12 incubator of curriculum and project design with a vision to be a change agent for the Alle-Kiski Valley by investing in innovative STEAM education for its students. Fourteen member districts together serve more than 26,000 students. Since ABC CREATE was formed in 2015, teacher learning and action has been a priority and valued mechanism for change. While the idea of engaging “teacher champions” has been part of the collaborative’s plans from the beginning, ABC CREATE currently does not have a good understanding of the landscape in which teacher peer-led learning is occurring. Thus, this report focuses on one particular lever for change that cuts across the collaborative’s strategic goals: educator participation, collaboration, and professional learning. The report aims to help ABC CREATE better understand the current state of educator peer learning and collaboration within the collaborative, and to outline potential opportunities for enhancing future engagement and impact. Written by Sevenzo in the winter of 2019, this report captures feedback from individuals within the collaborative school districts, and offers recommendations to the network’s leadership to help meet strategic goals.