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Building Community Among Teachers

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Building Community Among Teachers

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. . . creating a real sense of community, which, it turns out, enriches the ability of the teachers to apply materials they've learned in the classroom, because they talk more. It's not as if they're coming to a workshop with twenty strangers whom they'll never see again.

One of the things we did in our second grant, and I didn't do it but our program director did, she created a real sense of community. We run a cohort set, a cohort across our grant, so we have more or less the same people for all three years. But she's been very effective at creating a real sense of community, which, it turns out, enriches the ability of the teachers to apply materials they've learned in the classroom, because they talk more. It's not as if they're coming to a workshop with twenty strangers whom they'll never see again. She really creates a sense between them and among them as a community of teachers, a community of learners, and actually a community of historians. And that's been exceptional, I think, in getting them to innovate in their classroom, because it takes all of the disparate program elements and weaves them together.

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