This month, I'd like to share two resources for the EBPD group, They are STEM Teachers in Professional Learning Communities: A Knowledge Synthesis and Worksupport.com at Virginia Commonwealth University

  • The STEM Teachers in Professional Learning Communities outlines a how teachers can effectively join forces and develop strong professional learning communities. Contents inlcude the following: 

    • Overview of NSF Knowledge Synthesis Study
    • How the NSF Study Was Conducted
    • What Does the NSF Knowledge Synthesis Tell Us?
    • STEM Learning Teams Have Positive Effects on STEM Teachers and Their Teaching
    • Students of Teachers Participating in STEM Learning Communities Learn Math Better
    • Online PLCs are a Growing Phenomenon
    • Universal Support for Learning Teams in the STEM Community
    • Need for More Research, Better Research and More Varied Research
    • The Importance of Design and Implementationof STEM Learning TEAMS
    • Shared Values and Goals 
    • Leadership Support 
    • Use of Student Data and Work
    • Collective Responsibilities
    • Good Facilitation 
    • Trust Subject 
    • A Single School Subject 
    • Moving from Research to Practice
    • NCTAF'S STEM Learning Teams
    • Other Models
    • Implecations for Future Policy
  • Worksupport.com at Virginia Commonwealth University is a web portal that provides information, resources, and research on many topics related to the employment of individuals with disabilities. The resources on this site consist of research-based materials and information that facilitate employment and job retention for individuals with disabilities, including new knowledge gained from the Center's research activities. This site contributes significant knowledge, information, research, and resources to help Adult Ed practitioners address the many needs of their disabled learners who are preparing to enter and/or sustain employment as they transition out of programs. It also provides extensive help to employers who wish to hire and sustain disabled employees. The site is well organized so that users can access specific content to help disabled learners become more self-aware and able to succeed in challenging workplace or higher educational environments.

I invite you to check out these resources and let us know what you think. 

Sincerely, 

Kathy Tracey
@Kathy_Tracey