Sheridan Teachers Share Ideas

The principal and eight teachers from Paintbrush Elementary School in Gillette visited classrooms and teachers' meetings at Sheridan's Highland Park Elementary School Thursday to observe Sheridan County School District 2's learning program in action.

Gillette teacher Jody Meyer (MY-er) talked about reasons for the visit.

Highland Park Principal Brett Leibach said the teachers came to see what the district calls its Professional Learning Community approach to education. The principal said a number of people from schools in Gillette and the surrounding area have visited schools in Sheridan in recent years, to see the process in action.

The principal said the Professional Learning Community approach involves teachers at the same grade levels and class subjects. They meet at least once a week to discuss issues ranging from common goals, to tests on the subjects they teach, to how individual students are doing in their classrooms.

District 2 Literacy Coordinator Yvonne Gatley said interest in the Sheridan school district's methods peaked last spring when she and Highland Park's principal gave a presentation on the school's successes at a school improvement conference.

She said she was especially pleased to see Gillette's reading recovery teacher among those who came to the school this week. The teachers from Gillette were in Sheridan for most of the day Thursday, arriving early in the morning and staying throughout the afternoon.

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