Deepening Teacher Practice

An exceptional teacher often inspires the comment “She was born to teach.” But educators know that good teaching takes hard work, preparation, attention to method, and patience. At the Center for the Collaborative Classroom, we invite educators to embrace their craft and seek out professional learning opportunities that refine teacher practice and positively impact student learning.

Events that Support Best Teacher Practice

We offer several institutes that provide both in-depth discussions to unpack state standards and instructional shifts, as well as tactical, practical techniques that can be put into practice the next day. We encourage teams of teachers, teacher leaders, coaches, and administrators to attend these events, including:

  • Best Practices in Reading
  • Best Practices in Writing
  • Response to Intervention and ELL support
  • Unpacking State Standards

Visit the Events and Webinars section of our site to search for training options in your area.
Download our Common Core Course at no cost.

One of the beauties of teaching is that there is no limit to one’s growth as a teacher, just as there is no knowing beforehand how much your students can learn.

Herbert Kohl

teachers taking notes

We ground our materials and training on the four Core Principles of the Collaborative Classroom that explain why how we teach matters as much as what we teach. The four principles are:

  • Social and academic curricula are interdependent and integrated.
  • Fostering caring relationships and building inclusive and safe environments are foundational practices for both the student and adult learning community.
  • Classroom learning experiences should be built around students’ constructing knowledge and engaging in action.
  • Honoring and building on students’ intrinsic motivation leads to engagement and achievement.

Download the Core Principles of the Collaborative Classroom.