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written by Michael C. Wittmann
As part of the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership, we have built a community of middle school, ninth-grade, and pre-service teachers who share the common interest of improving STEM education in their schools. We use common classroom materials to facilitate professional development activities attended by all members of the MainePSP. "Collaboratives'' span grades and disciplines, "cohort meetings'' bring together only those using a specific set of materials, and "task forces'' bring together teachers to solve a particular problem. In addition, some teachers have joined our "Leadership Academy'' and are now working in small teams to address project-wide needs. Shared professional experiences have created a community of teachers spanning 20 school districts (each with its own school board and requirements of teachers). But, this community is in serious danger of splintering. There are pressures to work within, and not across, districts. After a brief move toward statewide common science standards, districts are meeting the legal requirement of proficiency-based graduation requirements each in their own way. Unsurprisingly, in a rural state, teachers are more likely to work with local colleagues than with those far away. Further issues are related to changing school administrations, the needs of state testing, and more. We show our design, provide data suggesting some success, and discuss the pressures pulling us apart, as well.
2014 PhysTEC Conference
Austin, TX: May 19-20, 2014
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- Teacher Characteristics
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- Learning Environment
- Teacher Preparation
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M. Wittmann, presented at the 2014 PhysTEC Conference, Austin, TX, 2014, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13288&DocID=3830).
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M. Wittmann, Building Communities of Practice among Inservice and Future Teachers presented at the 2014 PhysTEC Conference, Austin, TX, 2014, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13288&DocID=3830>.
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Wittmann, M. (2014, May 19-20). Building Communities of Practice among Inservice and Future Teachers. Paper presented at 2014 PhysTEC Conference, Austin, TX. Retrieved July 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13288&DocID=3830
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Wittmann, Michael. "Building Communities of Practice among Inservice and Future Teachers." Paper presented at the 2014 PhysTEC Conference, Austin, TX, May 19-20, 2014. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13288&DocID=3830 (accessed 23 July 2014).
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Wittmann, Michael. "Building Communities of Practice among Inservice and Future Teachers." 2014 PhysTEC Conference. Austin, TX: 2014. 23 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13288&DocID=3830>.
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