Smithfield High School and BetterLesson teamed up in SY18-19 to pilot a new way of engaging in professional learning! Founded in 2009, BetterLesson’s mission is to empower schools and districts to develop and retain innovative, student-centered teachers, instructional coaches, and leaders. Over the course of the past school year, Erica Ricci, Samantha Armstrong, and Liz Russilo met on a bi-weekly basis with their BetterLesson coach to engage in virtual coaching that's personalized to their individual professional growth areas. Each teacher implemented many student-centered learning strategies to enhance student and teacher engagement, achievement, and joy. One teacher reflects on her BetterLesson experience: "This was probably the most valuable profession development I have ever been part of. It was extremely personalized to my needs and my experiences with education. My coach was extremely flexible and knowledgeable of not only my subject matter but the areas that I wanted to improve upon. She pushed me to try new strategies in the classroom and then build upon those strategies." We are so proud of these three teachers, who are models for students and teachers alike of what it means to be life-long learners!
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