Teachers throughout our alliance of Catholic schools regularly connect with each other to share best practices and further develop their expertise. Most recently, they met for two days of professional development focused around classroom learning labs.
Classroom learning labs involve host teachers who invite colleagues to observe them at work with students. Then, teachers debrief with each other to share notes and reflections.
Seventy-nine teachers hosted around 400 colleagues for classroom learning labs on March 8 and 11. Overall, there were 38 sessions focused on different grade levels and content areas. The classroom learning labs were held at 18 schools.
Day 2 of Classroom Learning Labs @dogrschools We are proud to have @JennyLaPonsie hosting the diocese student support network #WeAreOne while our k-8 teachers are out watching colleagues teach and engaging in grade level or subject group collaboration! #WeCanAllGrow pic.twitter.com/xnKfOygp48
— All Saints Academy (@ASAEagles) March 11, 2019
— Jill Annable (@JillAnnable) March 11, 2019
Classroom learning labs are just one way we’re enhancing programmatic excellence through our “Catholic Schools: Bridging Faith and Future” strategic plan. By offering outstanding academics firmly rooted in our faith, Catholic education opens new opportunities for students for years to come.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,550 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.