Professional Learning

Working With New Teachers: Building Networks and Allies (NWP Radio)

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Duration: 1 hour


Kira J. Baker-Doyle on building social networks:

I became interested in networks because I was really interested in the National Writing Project and other networks, and I wanted to see how those networks worked.  I was also studying the ways that communities organize, and I found that in community organizing literature there’s this idea of social networks, of social capital embedded in communities, and I thought, “You know what? I bet teachers develop a certain kind of social capital in schools that they use, through all the collaborations that they develop—in and out of school.  What is this social capital they develop and how does it support them?” And then I realized that if I worked with beginning teachers, that would give me a chance to really see that evolution of a network; how beginning teachers build social support networks.

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