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If We Build It? Principles for Building Strong Digital Communities
Now, more than ever, teachers can share inspiration, ideas and encouragement via a wealth of digital communities. For those seeking greater connectivity through new and existing networks, this booklet highlights the core components of a thriving digital community. Think of it as your blueprint for organizing — and growing — additional opportunities for teachers to communicate and co-create.
Summers usually offer educators a moment to take a breath and recharge. But this year was different. With the pandemic disrupting the country, district and school leaders were overwhelmed, trying to devise plans for schools for the fall, whether remote, in person, or hybrid.
Collaboration is key to creating strong learning communities within and between schools. The Network for College Success (NCS), which brings together school leadership teams from 15 high schools in Chicago to look at each others’ data and share strategies, is a great example of this collaboration.
District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is a national leader in supporting teachers—and it’s no coincidence that just a couple of years after the district introduced its unique professional learning framework, it is seeing big gains in student achievement.
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