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Praxis II: PLT

(Professional Development, Leadership, and Community)

Reading education-based Journals and Books Enables teachers to remain current with regard to new theories and practices in education. Every teaching professional has an obligation to learn about research in educational psychology and related fields.
Collaborating with colleagues To form teacher communities or peer coaching programs. A school principle might assign certain teachers to join together for pee coaching , which includes observing one another's classroom instruction, and giving each other constructive feedback.
Joining Professional Organizations Related to teaching also helps teachers keep up to date on their content areas and on issues related to everything from classroom instruction to special needs students.
Obtaining National Board Certification Affirms a teacher's proficiency and expertise. Certifies teachers through a two- or three-year process based on portfolio materials and successfully completed assessments.
Participating in professional learning communities or study groups Enables teachers and administrators to share experiences and problems that involve the whole school or district.
Action research Research conducted by teachers and other school personnel to address issues and problems in their own schools or classrooms.
Code of ethics Set of professional standards for behavior of members of a profession.
Collaboration Joint communication and decision making among educational professionals to create an optimal learning environment for students and especially for students with disabilities.
Co-teaching In co-teaching arrangements, two or more teachers teach together in the same classroom where students benefit from each teacher's specialty (e.g., a regular and a special education teacher working with regular and special needs students).
Inclusion The practice of educating all students, including those with severe and multiple disabilities, in neighborhood schools and general education classrooms.
Learning communities New and experienced teachers working together to pose problems, identify discrepancies between theories and practices, challenge common routines, draw on the work of others for generative frameworks.
Lesson study A form of study group in which teachers collectively design a lesson, watch each other teach that lesson, and then share in discussion of it.
Mentoring Formal and informal relationships between a beginning teacher and an experienced teacher that are sources of information and support for the beginning teacher.
Paraprofessionals Trained (training may vary from state to state) classroom aides who assist teachers; may include parents.
Pedagogical content knowledge Knowledge about effective methods of teaching a specific content area.
Pedagogical knowledge Knowledge about effective methods of teaching.
Portfolio Collection of a student's work systematically compiled over a length of time.
Reflective practice The process of teachers' thinking about and analyzing their work to assess its effectiveness.
Team teaching Teachers share the responsibility for two or more classes, dividing up the subject areas between them.
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