SEDL: Implementing Effective Professional Learning Communities

January 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

The Winter 2014 (vol 2, #3)  issue of SEDL insights, by Pirtle and Tobia, is titled Implementing Effective Professional Learning Communities.

From the conclusion on page 7: ” The implementation of effective PLCs depends on
engaging teachers in ongoing conversations about teaching and learning that are directly related to their daily work with students. For that to happen, district and school leaders must provide support and feedback and cultivate an atmosphere of
trust, the conditions in which PLCs can thrive. When educators foster these professional learning environments, teachers can act on the guidance
that fellow teachers provide to solve significant issues faced by educators and as a profession.”

The SEDL monograph describes 6 insights:

  1. Provide a clear structure and purpose for PLC meetings.
  2. Address the most pressing instructional challenges
  3. Provide support from all levels of the school system
  4. Foster an atmosphere of trust
  5. Monitor the work of PLCs and provide constructive feedback
  6. Support teachers’ send of efficacy and level of professionalism

Read the article for the details!

Rowan

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