SOEL- est. 2013
Because teachers are continual learners, dedicated to perfecting their craft, we need to help stakeholders understand the robust professional learning experiences teachers participate in as part of their career. They’ve got SOEL!
SOEL began in an effort to prepare teachers to not only teach students to learn to read, but to read to learn from the start of their literacy journey (Reutzel, 2014). Good teachers, effective teachers, matter much more than particular curriculum materials, pedagogical approaches, or “proven programs.” Investing in the development of effective teaching through professional development planning, is the most “research-based” strategy available (Allington, 2010).
Research on raising student achievement consistently points to an effective teacher as the most crucial element in a student’s success (Routman, 2012). For any professional development experience to be worth the very little time and money available in education today, teachers must be in the center of their own learning.
Read all about SOEL in Study of Early Literacy: A Network Model for Teacher Professional Development: