We’ve had a busy month here at A+ and the Alabama Best Practices Center!
ABPC held a two-day retreat for the Instructional Partners Pilot (IPP). The IPP program is a joint collaboration between ABPC and the State Dept. of Education. Its goal is to maximize the state’s investment in school-based reading coaches by “repurposing” them to be instructional coaches that use student achievement data to create teaching strategies that improve school achievement. Currently five districts are involved in the program: Attala City, Blount County, Madison City, Talladega County, and Tarrant City. The pilot has been so successful that ABPC plans to expand it to include four more districts this year.
ABPC also hosted two Powerful Conversations Network Meetings, one for elementary educators and another for secondary. The Powerful Conversations Network works with educators from 115 schools across the state. At meetings, participants engage in learning activities, network with one another, and share strategies for promoting teaching and learning in their schools.