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Expert in teaching methods, PLCs passes on knowledge to H-D educators

More than 100 teachers from the Hampton-Dumont Community School District were on hand Sept. 20 for the final day of a three-day seminar led by educational methods expert Daniel R. Venables.

     There was laughing, intense thought, and lots of learning going on by the school district teaching staff Friday as Venables – author of the wildly popular educational text "The Practice of Authentic PLCs: A Guide to Effective Teacher Teams" -  spread his wisdom, theories, and practical advice for bettering the teaching methods being used.

     "We spent two days working with the PLC coaches, they have had them here at Hampton-Dumont for a year," Venables said. "They didn't have a lot of training on how they work. So, I've worked with the coaches, training them to lead these things."

"Basically, PLCs in a nutshell, are collaborative teacher teams," Venables added. "That work with students but do so in a collaborative way. With the mentality we're more than the sum of our parts."

Read the full article in the Sept. 25 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.