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Professional Learning Communities

8/2013 Presentation
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Alice Lafferty

on 21 August 2013

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Transcript of Professional Learning Communities

Our
Professional Learning Community

And with our passion and persistence -
What is a PLC? (and what isn't)
A professional learning community is a group of professionals that focuses on
learning
rather than
teaching
, works
collaboratively
, and each member shares
accountability
for the results.
. . .a program.

. . .a book club.
. . . a meeting.
A PLC is not:
. . . a group of independent contractors sharing a parking lot.
. . . has a culture of collaboration.
It's who we are.
A PLC is a team that
. . .is in an
ongoing process
in which educators work collaboratively in
recurring cycles
of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve.
. . . focuses on
results
.
We want our students to be
actively engaged
in hands-on
authentic exercises
that promote
experiential learning
. How odd that we don't apply the same in developing
teachers
!
Why?
Do we believe all kids can learn?
Do we believe educators are the key contributors?
Do we believe education is critical to their futures?
Do we believe we can make a difference in the lives of our kids?
To what degree do you believe these statements are true?
How to implement
There are four essential (yet simple) questions that are the basis of a PLC:
1. What do
we
want our children to learn?
2. How will
we
know they are learning?
3. How will
we
respond when they don't learn? *
4. How will
we
respond when they do learn?

"The most important leader in any organization is not the head honcho; it's the leader we see most often, the one we turn to when we need guidance and support.

Whether your title is manager, team leader, coach, teacher, or principal, you are the most important leader in your organization for the people who look to you." Barth, Learning by Heart (2001)
The leader in you -
None of us is as smart as all of us.
Collective study and dialogue are crucial elements but the PLC process requires people to
act
on the new information.
It’s not an occasional event, meeting with colleagues to complete a task. It’s the larger organization – not the individual teams. If ‘business as usual’ happens after meeting, then we are not functioning as a PLC.
It’s not something that can be purchased and then implemented in the place of a previous program. It is ongoing – never ending process of conducting school.
An Example of a bad PLC. :)
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