NKU partnerships seeks to strengthen teaching, learning in nine local districts

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Wednesday – March 6, 2013

NKU Partnership Seeks to Strengthen Teaching,
Learning in Nine Local School Districts

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky University Center for Educator Excellence has received a $130,000 grant from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to develop a professional learning community for instructional coaches.

The Collaborative for Inquiry-Based Instruction (CIBI) project was designed by the center in collaboration with Thomas More College, the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services and the Bellevue Independent, Campbell County, Dayton Independent, Erlanger-Elsmere Independent, Ludlow Independent, Newport Independent, Pendleton County, Silver Grove Independent and Southgate Independent School Districts.

Dr. Jennifer Stansbury Koenig said that by training 30 instructional coaches and teacher leaders from nine local districts, the project will benefit an exponential number of teachers and students across the northern Kentucky region. She said the goal of the project is to “foster targeted, sustained, work-embedded professional development to improve instructional practices and accelerate student learning.”

CIBI will promote best practices of inquiry-based and project-based instructional strategies during content-rich workshops offered by experts of teacher education, mathematics, sciences and literacy. A distinguishing feature of the collaboration is a focus on developing dispositions of instructional coaches and teachers for positive affect on the educational experiences of K-12 students.

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