Professional Learning Communities


Also called PLCs



5 questions every PLC should consider by Paul Barnwell (SmartBlog). Education blogger and high-school teacher Paul Barnwell in this blog post poses five questions he says teachers and administrators should ask about the professional-learning communities model. "When the collaboration is efficient, PLC cycles provide a focused method to dissect student work and hopefully improve results," he writes. 

7 steps to creating PLCs teachers want to use by Michele Eaton (eSchool News). An Indiana district has overhauled its professional-development program, in part, by forming professional learning communities. In this commentary, Michele Eaton, virtual education specialist for the district, suggests seven steps other districts can take to create PLCs.

Building a PLC for Possibilities: The Four Tenets of Trust by Kim Worth (CTQ). Trust is essential when considering strategies for developing effective professional-learning communities in schools, high-school teacher Kim Worth writes in this blog post. She shares a four-part strategy for ethical leadership, emphasizing the role of trust in the process. 

In one California school district, teachers help teachers get better by Stephen Smith.




Cultivating Healthy Teams in Schools by Elena Aguilar (Edutopia). A common vision and time are needed to help teacher teams thrive, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes in this blog post. She offers ideas on organizational structure, such as aligning the team's mission to school goals. 




Promoting Good Practice - interview with Dylan Wiliam (3min 26secs)



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