For students to become powerful learners, their teachers must engage in powerful learning themselves. Yet the professional learning many teachers experience is often disconnected from the curriculum, disconnected from specific students and their learning needs, and disconnected from their daily work. What’s needed is a tightly-connected systems focus, aimed at continually increasing the knowledge and […]
Posts tagged professional learning communities
We feel so privileged to be a part of the outstanding work happening in schools and districts related to ensuring collaborative responses for students. It leads to reflections regarding how collaborative cultures approach their complex work of supporting students and what becomes observable to an outsider immersed into their work (even if for just a […]
Leaders exploring or operating within a Collaborative Response Model (or any framework for staff collaboration) need to have a solid understanding of Change Theory. What can we expect to be on the horizon for our schools and teams engaging in meaningful change, change that ultimately shifts the culture of how we approach our work of […]
“…organizations that take the plunge and actually begin doing the work of a PLC develop their capacity to help all students learn at high levels far more effectively than schools that spend years preparing to become PLCs through reading or even training” (DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, & Many, 2010, p. 10, italics in original) There are […]
Thanks to our friends at Madonna Catholic School, a K-4 school in Elk Island Catholic Schools, for sharing their reflections, progress and learning through their growth as a school that collaboratively responds to the needs of all students. In this video, principal Arlene Littlemore shares their school’s journey and the impact for students and staff […]
We learn from our mistakes. The DuFours and their associates remind us that when schools begin venturing into the PLC model, just do it is a necessary mantra! As they share in Learning by Doing (2010), “…organizations that take the plunge and actually begin doing the work of a PLC develop their capacity to help […]
An article describing the basic tenets of action planning, a school improvement framework that values distributive leadership, professional learning and alignment of organizational priorities through a professional learning communities structure. Hewson, K and Adrian, L. (2008, September/October). Action planning: Rowing in the same direction. Principal, 88(1), 48-51.