We are here to help! One of the most underused resources available to educators is the community of colleagues with professional learning communities at work pdf they work,” Geoffrey Caine and Renate N.
Professional learning communities provide a structured environment to break out of your classroom walls and work with colleagues toward a common goal. ASCD has the tools and resources to support professional learning communities. Starting a PLC or looking for tips to revitalize and refocus an existing community? Post this infographic in your office, share it with your colleagues, or circulate it on social media to keep best practices for professional learning communities top of mind. Practical tools, examples, and processes for developing, implementing, and evaluating systems of job-embedded professional learning led by teacher leaders. The PD In Focus platform offers a rich library of on-demand video content for educators’ collaborative professional development.
ASCD respects intellectual property rights and adheres to the laws governing them. Learn more about our permissions policy and submit your request online. ASCD is dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Learning Forward is the only association devoted exclusively to advancing professional learning for student success. Our vision is excellent teaching and learning every day. Learning Communities: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students occurs within learning communities committed to continuous improvement, collective responsibility, and goal alignment.
Professional learning within communities requires continuous improvement, promotes collective responsibility, and supports alignment of individual, team, school, and school system goals. Learning communities convene regularly and frequently during the workday to engage in collaborative professional learning to strengthen their practice and increase student results. Learning community members are accountable to one another to achieve the shared goals of the school and school system and work in transparent, authentic settings that support their improvement. Shirley Hord, scholar laureate, talks about the Learning Communities standard. Learning communities apply a cycle of continuous improvement to engage in inquiry, action research, data analysis, planning, implementation, reflection, and evaluation.
Learning communities share collective responsibility for the learning of all students within the school or school system. Collective responsibility brings together the entire education community, including members of the education workforce — teachers, support staff, school system staff, and administrators — as well as families, policy makers, and other stakeholders, to increase effective teaching in every classroom. Within learning communities, peer accountability rather than formal or administrative accountability ignites commitment to professional learning. Every student benefits from the strengths and expertise of every educator when communities of educators learn together and are supported by local communities whose members value education for all students. Collective participation advances the goals of a whole school or team as well as those of individuals. Communities of caring, analytic, reflective, and inquiring educators collaborate to learn what is necessary to increase student learning. Within learning communities, members exchange feedback about their practice with one another, visit each other’s classrooms or work settings, and share resources.