STEM Teachers in Professional Learning Communities: From Good Teachers to Great Teaching

By Kathleen Fulton, Ted Britton

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To meet the needs of today’s learners, the tradition of artisan teaching in solo‐practice classrooms will have to give way to a school culture in which teachers continuously develop their content knowledge and pedagogical skills through collaborative practice that is embedded in the daily fabric of their work.

Teacher collaboration supports student learning, and the good news is that teachers who work in strong learning communities are more satisfied with their careers and are more likely to remain in teaching long enough to
become accomplished educators.

This report takes us one step further, summarizing the impacts of learning teams, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content areas, on teacher practice.

Read the knowlege synthesis (PDF).