Vero Beach, Florida – The Learning Alliance (TLA) awarded thirteen $1,000 scholarships to local School District of Indian River County teachers for classroom improvements that aligned with strategic learning goals they had established for their classrooms after participating in a year long collaborative learning cohort. In appreciation for their hard work, teachers received the funding to redesign their classrooms to better meet the learning needs of students.
To receive the $1,000 classroom improvement scholarships, the thirteen teachers from various schools dedicated their own time outside of work hours to be a part of a professional learning community called Collaborative Classrooms facilitated by The Learning Alliance's Impact Team. The Collaborative Classroom learning community was a place for the teachers to collaborate, learn and reflect on their instructional practices based on an inquiry question they constructed to focus on for the school year.
The teachers were also given evidenced-based learning kits to improve literacy outcomes for their students. “Last week we were graciously given Fountas and Pinnell Running Reading Record Kits and great training. The kit was a resource that I desperately wanted to utilize within my classroom to help foster reading and reading instruction” - Mary Chavers, Rosewood Magnet School.
As part of their collective learning journey, the teachers shared their work by inviting community leaders into their classrooms for Moonshot Tours and spoke at community events. The Learning Alliance which is funded by generous philanthropists in our community, donated funds for the teachers to transform their classrooms to be more conducive to the 21st Century Learner.
“This was an amazing display of collaborative professional learning in action! Teaching is hard work. It’s even harder to step back to reflect on and evaluate your teaching practice, figure out what to improve, and then systematically work on developing the understanding and skills needed to make that improvement. This group did that better than any group I’ve ever seen!” - Tina Blythe, Researcher, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Liz Remington, Co-Founder & Director of Professional Development of The Learning Alliance adds, “I cannot express the admiration that I have for the teachers who sacrificed their time and treasure to dedicate themselves to become better-equipped educators for their students. Professional development and student achievement are unequivocally linked to one another. Better-trained educators facilitate higher achievement for students. We as a community need to continue supporting teachers’ development as educators.”
For more information about the Collaborative Classroom program and The Learning Alliance, please contact Liz Woody-Remington at 877-548-READ (7323) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.