Introductory Share Your Thoughts–Blog Post – Welcome to the Scholar-Practitioner Nexus

Introductory Share Your Thoughts–Blog Post – Welcome to the Scholar-Practitioner Nexus

Welcome to the Scholar-Practitioner Nexus. This website is an outgrowth of our book, On Being a Scholar-Practitioner: Wisdom in Action.  In the book, we stress the importance of Communities of Practice in which educators can connect and learn with other like-minded professionals. The Scholar-Practitioner Nexus provides a space for such a community to coalesce among those who value the wisdom that can emerge from thoughtful study of their own practice.

The S-P Community section of the Nexus provides an overview of the philosophy and vision that infuse our thinking and the work we do with students and colleagues. Our values represent a view of education as a journey of the self and a belief that learning as a professional as an ever-evolving cultivation of one’s capacities and sensibilities.

In the S-P Conversation section of the Nexus, we plan to share our thinking about important educational issues and to invite others to enter into these cyber-reflections. Because individuals engage in educational practice in a wide variety of settings, we hope that the conversations occurring on this website will encourage readers to form LinkedIn communities with those who share similar roles and contexts of practice. In this way, a network of Scholar-Practitioners committed to quality education can evolve.

In On Being a Scholar-Practitioner: Wisdom in Action, we lay out six qualities embodied by Scholar-Practitioners: Pedagogical Wisdom, Theoretical Understanding, Contextual Literary, Ethical Stewardship, Metacognitive Reflection, and Aesthetic Imagination. The S-P Library section of the website contains a variety of resources that we have found useful as we have worked to develop these qualities in ourselves. In addition, we provide links to other websites dedicated to promoting quality education.

We invite you to check out the contents of the Nexus and to follow its development. Even more, we invite you to share your thinking and experience by commenting on our blog posts.

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Pam Morrison
Pam Morrison
1 year ago

Great intro. Clear and succinct. Reading the book.

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SEO Referral Program
9 months ago

Awesome post! Keep up the great work! 🙂

Maria Piantanida
8 months ago

Thank you for your feedback. Would you like to say more about the nature of your work as an educator?

AffiliateLabz
8 months ago

Great content! Super high-quality! Keep it up! 🙂

Maria Piantanida
8 months ago
Reply to  AffiliateLabz

Thank you for your feedback. Would you like to say more about the nature of your work as an educator?

Heather Binder
Heather Binder
8 months ago

Hello! I’m excited to find this website! I had the great luck to have had Pat McMahon as a professor for some coursework I was doing recently at Carlow. Though I have left that program to pursue an MFA in Ceramics, after 28 years of teaching (high school for the past 12) I do find myself in exactly the role of scholar-practitioner. Presently my district is working with The Highlander Institute and I volunteered to be coached on my practice as an educator. I am trying to bring IBL to all of my classes, which is not an easy task! I am thoroughly enjoying the feedback and reflection process!

Marilyn J. Llewellyn
7 months ago
Reply to  Heather Binder

How nice to hear from you Heather. I was sorry to learn that you left Carlow’s program, but glad that you are pursuing an MFA in Ceramics. I would appreciate hearing more about how you see yourself as a scholar-practitioner. I also am interested in the kinds of things you are learning by being coached in your practice. The Highlander Institute seems like an interesting educational resource and consulting service. Have you read their book Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change? If so I would be interested in what you thought about it.

Maria Piantanida
7 months ago
Reply to  Heather Binder

Heather, Thank you for posting a note about the website and your work. I think it is totally awesome that your are pursuing an MFA in ceramics. I’m always inspired when I hear that people have decided to pursue their passion–especially when it calls for a major shift in focus. I hope you’ll continue to stay in touch.

Patricia L. McMahon
Patricia L. McMahon
7 months ago
Reply to  Heather Binder

Hello, Heather! So good to hear from you! I feel fortunate that you and I had the opportunity to work together. I will miss you. You are truly a scholar-practitioner, and I wish you a wonderful journey of continued inquiry and discovery in your MFA program. Please keep in touch about your Highlander experiences, too!

Annika Severson
Annika Severson
4 months ago

something I really liked about this is the philosophy. as they stated, they are going to embrace the ethical stewardship and aesthetic imagination to advocate for the educational well-being of individuals and the profession. I really like that sentence and that statement as I find it necessary to embrace and advocate for the well-being of individuals in the profession.

Emily Lamontagne
Emily Lamontagne
4 months ago

I am currently studying to become a teacher. Through this process, I have not only learned much about working with people but also about myself. I realize that I cannot be too rigid in my thinking and planning as each person is unique. My ways of interacting and explaining might not always be the best for everyone and I must be able to be flexible and creative with my students and others.

Regina Hayes
Regina Hayes
4 months ago

I am currently a pre-service educator, and from the beginning of my college experience, the importance of being a life-long learner as a teacher has been emphasized. This is especially important today, as technology and methods are changing and improving faster than ever before and there is so much information so readily available for teachers to continue to learn. I have learned so much since I started studying education, but I also have come to realize that there is so much more that could be learned throughout my life. I am excited to continue learning about education, hopefully for most of the rest of my life.

Renee
Renee
4 months ago

This is a great way to introduce things, perfect for getting the reader hooked!!!

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Anna Hass
Anna Hass
4 months ago
Reply to  Renee

I like how this emphasizes collaboration and fostering a community of like-minded professionals who connect to learn and practice together. I think this can be very helpful for all educators as the education world is constantly changing and evolving, therefore this provides an opportunity for educators to learn and grow together in their profession.

Anna Hass
Anna Hass
4 months ago

I like how this emphasizes collaboration and fostering a community of like-minded professionals who connect to learn and practice together. I think this can be very helpful for all educators as the education world is constantly changing and evolving, therefore this provides an opportunity for educators to learn and grow together in their profession.

Ruth Lewarne
Ruth Lewarne
4 months ago

Hi! I am so excited to have been shown this website by my professor on my current online class. I have looked through some of the blog posts, podcasts, ted talks, and book options. I have found some very interesting topics that I am very passionate about. For example, the video by Prof. Elliot W. Eisner called “What Do The Arts Teach?”. I was involved in the arts program at my middle and high school and it benefited me greatly.
I hope to come back to this website in the future for articles that will benefit me in the education field. Thank you for this post! I love how this website can be a source for educators to learn from other educators. I also love how the view of education is “a journey of the self”. I think that educators are also learning as they are teaching others to learn. An educator can learn so much through the teaching of others and I love how it says that the values, on this website, show education in that way.

Mary Kate Judy
Mary Kate Judy
4 months ago

I am currently in school to get my education degree and I loved the points this article made. I completely agree that education is an ever-evolving cultivation of ones capacities and sensibilities. I think it is so important to remember that we can always better ourselves even after our school career is done and we move into our career! Teachers have just an impact on so many impressionable children and it should always be a teachers goal to work towards being the best version of themselves.

Samantha Cohen
Samantha Cohen
4 months ago

I really enjoyed discovering more and learning about the community and specifics of
The Scholar-Practitioner. It is such an interesting program and website to assimilate more about
teachers within education. As I was going through the website, it was very fascinating learning
about why the S-P community matters and exactly what their purpose and goals are. I think it is
so important that teachers have one another to turn to, especially in times of discovering more
things that may be challenging for them and they need advice. Teaching education is such a
beautiful and extraordinary vocation and type of work. The challenges and joys that come about
through it are many, and having the encouragement from each other is so helpful. I believe that
The Scholar- Practitioner program brings this to teachers.

Mikayla
Mikayla
3 months ago

Hello,
This website has been brought to my attention through a class that I am taking. I am a pre-service educator at Franciscan University. I will be a senior this fall. After reviewing this website, I really believe that it provides great resources for all educators. I like the blog. It allows educators for share experiences and tips while creating a community and relationships.

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Monika Litynski
Monika Litynski
2 months ago

Thank you for this website and explaining exactly what a scholar-practitioner is. I truly believe that as a teacher (or an aspiring teacher, as I am) that educators need to constantly be learning and evolving to make their practice and pedagogy better and more relevant to each class of students they encounter. A teacher can teach the same material for multiple years, but the ways in which it is taught needs to evolve with the times, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each class of students. Additionally, teachers need to be informed of what is happening in society, especially what issues are brought to the attention of the general public, and then cater their lessons and instruction to show students that it is not what is happening in the world that is important, but how someone responds to that, whether that is by further educating oneself or doing something in one’s community to try to help rectify the situation.

Monika Litynski
Monika Litynski
2 months ago

Thank you for this website and explaining exactly what a scholar-practitioner is. I truly believe that as a teacher (or an aspiring teacher, as I am) that educators need to constantly be learning and evolving to make their practice and pedagogy better and more relevant to each class of students they encounter. A teacher can teach the same material for multiple years, but the ways in which it is taught needs to evolve with the times, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each class of students. Additionally, teachers need to be informed of what is happening in society, especially what issues are brought to the attention of the general public, and then cater their lessons and instruction to show students that it is not what is happening in the world that is important, but how someone responds to that, whether that is by further educating oneself or doing something in one’s community to try to help rectify the situation.

Allison McCoy
Allison McCoy
1 month ago

Hello, I am currently in my junior year of college as a pre-service educator. In my educational experiences I have learned and grown so much. It has been shared and explained many times that there is always room for growth within yourself even if you are teaching others. As an educator it is expected of you to understand each students individual needs. It is important to use multiple teaching methods to adhere to these needs. I enjoy that this website allows for the sharing of new ideas and the access to collaborating with other educators.

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Alyson Salas
Alyson Salas
1 month ago

I am very excited I found this website through my online class. I find this very helpful especially as things are constantly changing and evolving. I appreciate the different resources that are given and the community that is here. Looking forward to learning more!

Anna Hass
Anna Hass
1 month ago

I believe this website is a helpful resource for future educators and current educators as it presents a community of individuals who are striving to grow together and gain wisdom in the teaching profession. I think it is important to have helpful resources that we can use to keep up with the changes in education and continue to learn and grow alongside fellow teachers.

Diana M Costantini
Diana M Costantini
1 month ago

I am so excited to have found this website! I think that teachers being able to use each other as resources is so important to success as an educator. As a pre-service teacher, this will be an excellent resource to fall back on when I have my own classroom one day!

Last edited 1 month ago by Diana M Costantini