Effective Learning Communities

with Lauren Childs

Description of the Session
This session provides information on the Standards for Professional Learning, key ideas of professional learning communities that support continuous improvement, as well as multiple protocols and tools to support sound professional learning.
Informed by the standards provided by the Learning Forward for quality professional development, this learning experience focuses on the implementation of knowledge and strategies. During the session, participants will fine-tune their understanding of what effective professional development is, how to support it, and how to assess it in their schools and districts. A highly interactive session, learners will learn from the facilitator, each other, DVDs and professional reading and discussion.
Specific Outcomes for the Session
  • To learn the Standards for Professional Learning established by Learning Forward
  • To understand how ongoing professional learning, embedded in an accountable learning community, differs from traditional views of professional development
  • To clarify the key ideas of a professional learning community and how they support the continuous improvement of practice in schools and districts
  • To learn key points about adults as learners and their needs for a balance of accountability and support
  • To obtain a wide variety of protocols for promoting and supporting teacher collaboration around curriculum, planning, teaching and learning, and assessment
  • To use a simple planning tool for planning and facilitating sound professional learning experiences in school and district settings
  • To gather resources which will foster teachers learning WITH and FROM each other
Key Topics
  • Emphasis will be placed on ways teachers learning WITH and FROM each other through frequent collaborative work. A highly interactive session, learners will learn from the facilitator, each other, DVDs and professional reading and discussion.
  • Adults as Learners
  • Collaboration
  • Professional Learning
  • Study Groups
  • Embedded Professional Learning
  • Protocols
  • Assessment of Professional Learning