Participate CLO Julie Keane talked with Shea Kerkhoff, associate professor of secondary education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) about how they’re making professional development more accessible for Missouri teachers through communities of practice.
Through the Show Me Literacies Collaborative, professors at the University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL) are providing literacy teaching and learning to educators across the state.
To scale their efforts and reach even more teachers, UMSL is leveraging a community of practice approach to create accessible professional development opportunities, including a series of “Pop-up PD,” online courses freely available to any teachers.
This 30-minute conversation covers:
- About The Show Me Literacies Collaborative mission to support language and literacy development
- How UMSL is successfully scaling a grant-funded project to reach as many teachers as possible through a practical, yet innovative, approach.
- How a communities of practice approach could support your professional development or workplace learning learning initiatives.
Related Resources and Links
- Downloadable Guide: Three Ways to Engage Lifelong Learners
- Downloadable Guide: Participate Guide to Communities of Practice
- NYC Department of Education Case Study
- Show Me Literacies Collaborative
- Show Me Literacies Community
- Credential As You Go
- Paper: Co-creating school literacy action plans: Leading responsive and sustainable action for change in times of turmoil. International Literacy Association’s Literacy Today
- Paper: Teacher-generated literacy action plans: School improvement that starts with teachers. English Leadership Quarterly, 45(3), 19-23.