Learning Lab Opportunity
Your Invitation to Participate
Goals of a Student - Centered Learning Lab
- To get into each other’s classrooms and learn alongside one another.
- To focus on improving the achievement of our students.
- To use student observations/evidence to determine where the students are in their learning.
- To build a community of teachers who are skilled at analyzing student evidence to make decisions that best support student learning.
Information about the Labs
- You will have two different labs to choose to participate in: Lorena's ELL LA's Class and Noah's 5th grade Math Class.
- Learning labs are not designed for content specific only participants - anybody can participate.
- Subs will cover your classes while you attend.
- Limited spots available
What is a Learning Lab?
Learning labs create a framework for teachers to get into each other’s classrooms and learn alongside one another in a highly facilitated manner.
Student-centered data is the focus of the observation. The teacher will share student indicators or “look for’s”.
Most learning labs occur over a half day time frame or less. This includes a pre-brief, observation, and debrief. Time can be creative and work with the needs of the teachers participating, such as before/after school for the pre-brief and debrief.
Learning labs are safe, collegial, and productive by using a protocol to make sure the learning lab goes according to plan. Protocols scaffold thinking and conversations to ensure depth while honoring each member of the group. Note-taking tools and agreed upon norms are also useful tools to scaffold the learning lab process.
The most effective learning labs are connected to ongoing learning because they often trigger questions and requests for support for teachers. At the end of a learning lab, the facilitator works with the group to determine how ongoing support can be provided if desired.