Center for School Renewal


Monday, July 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM EDT
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 5:00 PM EDT

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Cost: $900.00

(team of 3 from the same organization)
2-credits of graduate education is an additional $400


Antioch University New England 
40 Avon Street
Keene, NH 03431

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Laura Thomas 
Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal 
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Facilitating Communities of Professional Practice (CNED-5670) 2-cr 

A significant body of research demonstrates that schools that have strong professional community among staff members have higher levels of student learning and achievement, higher levels of job satisfaction and retention for teachers, and are more able to respond creatively to the inevitable challenges schools face. Based on the tools and practices of School Reform Initiative, Inc. (SRI), this course trains teacher leaders and school administrators to design and facilitate the development of communities of professional practice in their schools. Candidates will consciously choose and use this model of professional development as the primary mechanism for promoting equity, supporting evidence-driven inquiry, professional growth, SRI critical friendship, communication, and accountability. Students in this course will create a professional development plan to promote the use of communities of professional practice in their school setting. Candidates will also use the tools developed in this course to help with more general professional development planning, teacher supervision and evaluation, and meeting facilitation.


About the instructor

Dr. Maura Hart has over 25 years of experience supporting teachers and administrators in their professional learning journeys in her work with classroom teachers, school and district administrators, education graduate study students, pre-service teachers, and in her facilitation of teams at the school, district and state level in the cycle of continuous improvement.  Currently, Maura Hart is a Technical Assistance provider with the Center for Inclusive Education at UNH. She is passionate about supporting all students to learn in the general education classroom and has focused her work on this objective throughout her career. Dr. Hart began her career as a middle and high school Language Arts and English teacher in NH and VT. She lives on a small farm (which is really just expensive Petting Zoo) in Plainfield, NH with her husband and 3 teenage daughters.  In her spare-time she teaches Jazzercise, kayaks, hikes in the woods with her dogs, skis both downhill and cross country, and spends as much time with her family as she can.