If a teacher or teachers are being highly successful with a technique, curriculum or intervention, does the district know who they are and what they are doing? Since we have a limited amount of time with our students we need to make every minute count with the most effective instruction possible. We test our students many ways MSP, MAP, MBA. The district can analyze this data to see where students are making the greatest gains. They can observe or interview these teachers to find out what they are doing that makes them more successful. Is it something that can be implemented easily, then share it. Help teachers apply it. The more we can share and work together, the better off we are.
I don't see the district currently doing this. For example, when I started teaching 5th grade our science MSP scores were low. I met a 5th grade teacher at a different school and found out that test scores were high at her school. I asked her what she did. She graciously sent me her binder of engaging experiments they had developed at her school. It was a great help to us. We have since added our own experiments, homework assignments, and developed science units. Our students have improved every year but we have never been asked what we do or had a way to share it.
I am sure there are lots of similar success stories to ours out there whether it be how to best communicate with families, get kids to learn their multiplication facts, do their homework, improve their writing skills. Who is doing well and what are they doing?