In this article, the researchers share results from a study on teachers’ responses to professional learning experiences with a focus on balanced literacy methods to best meet the literacy needs of their d/Deaf students. The authors use theories of communities of practice, connected learning, and collective hope. Findings indicate that for professional learning to be meaningful and actionable, it needed to include the following four criteria: (1) must be relevant to the specific population of children; (2) must acknowledge and value organic, teacher-initiated professional learning; (3) must incorporate a collaboratively decided-upon shared purpose; and (4) must be joy driven and reflection oriented. This study serves as a model for school leaders and literacy professionals seeking to renew hope within their school community with the belief that all students can learn and thrive.
Cunningham, K. E., & Falk, J. (2020). Professional Learning of Literacy Teachers of Specialized Populations. Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts, 59 (2). Retrieved from https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol59/iss2/2