I am in my fouth year of teaching in a 7-12 rural school. I recently went back to school to pursue my master's degree and have experienced a "renewal" of sorts. Through the program, I have become increasingly aware of the lack of collaboration within my school district. We have "teams" based on grade level which meet about 2-3 times per year where members voice problems, but rarely offer solutions. My department (social studies) has never met since I began working at the school. Our principal (in his 5th year),is very enthusiastic about trying new methods, but gives in to the complaints of senior staff members who do not seem to believe in professional development. Many of the teachers behave as if they have nothing new to learn. I was wondering if anyone out there is experiencing the same problems in their district? Does anyone have any advice or know of any solutions? Frankly, it is becoming more and more difficult to work in this type of environment. -Jen
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