Connect. Collaborate. Risk. Innovate.

Connect. Collaborate. Risk. Innovate.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The People Behind the Program

          It's not about the program, it's about the people. Trust, open communication and consummate professionalism. These are all attributes exemplified by my fellow Learning Partners. I am fortunate to work alongside colleagues who have volunteered, in the midst of often incredibly busy and demanding schedules, to offer support to their fellow teachers.

          Learning Partners currently consists of nine teachers, representing eight different departments. In addition to volunteering their time as Learning Partners, they are department leaders, coaches, committee members, and club sponsors. Oh, and they are also all full time teachers who are supporting students, planning, marking, meeting with parents, engaging in ongoing professional development and carefully balancing numerous other roles and responsibilities. And I know many of them will be quietly, and politely, horrified that I am writing this blog. Because they are also incredibly humble. 
          In the midst of writing the final report for a district action research inquiry that explores the impact of increased teacher engagement in peer-mentoring and collaborative opportunities, I have had the chance to reflect on the successes and the challenges of our Learning Partners program as it continues to evolve. And as with any new initiative, we have had our share of both. But at the very core, or more appropriately, the heart of this program, is the people- remarkably resilient, caring and resourceful people who have openly and honestly shared suggestions, concerns and questions over this past year. 
          I am pleased to share that with the ongoing commitment and dedication of each of the Learning Partners, as well as with the continued support of our colleagues and administration, Learning Partners is planning to expand in the 2014-15 school year as we move to integrate teacher inquiry into our current peer-mentoring and collaborative model. As well, we will be looking to add additional members to our team. I am excited to see what this next year will bring as we continue on our journey to support a culture of collaboration and trust at Sullivan Heights.

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