5a.   Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership 

Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, 
and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting 
and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.  Specifically, teachers participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning.


In a paper titled: “Distributed-Learning Communities as a Model for Educating Teachers,” Chris Dede writes, “Distributed-learning communities provide models of teacher education, induction and professional development that move beyond technical literacy and curriculum integration into re-conceptualizing content, teaching, learning, and assessment.” The “distributed-learning community” that I have chosen for my professional development needs have taken two forms: 1) A local group of fellowship recipients in the Innovative Instruction Fellowship (IIF) Project sponsored by the School of Education and 2). A global group of faculty and graduate student in the Inquiry Learning Forum (ILF) created at Indiana University for Mathematics and Science Teachers. This global learning community has as its mission to explore applications of technology to improve student learning.

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Acceptance E-mail for membership in ILF and the ILF Guide. Click here to see IIF Invitation to join the school-based “distributed-learning community.”

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Rationales for Artifacts associated with this Standard.