Posts Tagged: professional learning community
Building transformation-centered professional learning communities: less spreadsheets, more connection.
The most powerful way to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in a school or district is to establish a transformation-centered professional learning community. And, the fastest way to ensure that a professional learning community decays into a stack of agendas, templates, and binders is to neglect the relationships at the center of our work.
PLC Summer Institute: A different notion of PLC
by Santo Nicotera It is with great excitement that we anticipate our upcoming SRI ‘Critical Friendship’ facilitator training here in Tucson, June 3-7. We call this annual training the PLC Summer Institute, however, this training experience for prospective facilitators of ‘professional learning communities’ and even our understanding of a PLC itself is very different from […]
Elevate collaboration with the power of protocols
A protocol is a structure that creates space to have difficult conversations about root causes of problems. Everyone involved in teaching and learning is part of a complex relationship between variables we can control and circumstances beyond our influence. By talking about issues in ways that uncover root causes, name and validate feelings, and ensure that all involved completely understand the problem the team is facing, Professional Learning Communities can develop solutions that benefit their students.
A professional learning community can (and should) be about teachers.
by Tim Grivois-Shah, Ed.d., Director of Professional Learning and Community Engagement Schools often designate time for teams of teachers to meet as part of a Professional Learning Community. Usually, the purpose of this time is to develop a common understanding of what students need to learn, monitor student performance on different kinds of assessments, or […]