A primary goal of MCNC is to help teachers make their students good thinkers – by giving them the tools to think and solve problems. MCNC believes that effective teachers must be reflective, which translates into a willingness to carefully examine their practice and student outcomes.
MCNC offers a variety of tools to help teachers become reflective practitioners.
Assistance with data collection and analysis is one. The National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University (NCREST), is our strategic partner in collecting data, including 8th grade math and ELA test scores, and helping teachers analyze this data.
Peer Review is a major MCNC initiative, where a skilled MCNC coach works with teachers to help them reflect on their practice. Teachers visit each other’s classes, write self-reflection pieces, share them in a public space, attend workshops, set up and join a personnel committee whose purpose is to facilitate and expand this self-reflection process, and train students to write their own self-reflective pieces.
The skills necessary to help our students become good thinkers, and teachers to become reflective practitioners, do not reside in one person. Therefore, a professional learning community is essential. MCNC provides support for the development of professional learning communities and cross-institution learning communities. Inside/ outside expertise is developed and nurtured by activities such as Peer Reviews, coaching in literacy, math and student support, and the use of social networking. MCNC also holds two major professional development events each year-a Winter Leadership Conference, and a Summer Professional Development Institute. These events provide opportunities for MCNC members and non-members to attend workshops, share best practices, establish peer networks with like minded educators from across the nation, develop leadership skills, analyze data and develop school improvement plans.
Contact us to customize your teacher effectiveness program. A customized teacher effectiveness program may include, but is not limited to:
- Peer Review
- Data Decision Making
- Literacy and Math PD
- Student Support
- Formative Assessment
- Winter Leadership Conference,
- Summer Professional Development Institute