Spotlight on Professional Learning Communities

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Professional Learning Communities


The Education Week Spotlight on Professional Learning Communities is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Using video to boost teacher collaboration and refine classroom practice
  • Bringing purpose to school-level meetings
  • How virtual learning communities are helping teachers connect
  • Benefits of learning communities for school leaders
  • Effectively implementing PLCs to improve student achievement

You get the seven articles below in a downloadable PDF.

As platforms evolve, more school districts are using video in professional development to boost teacher collaboration and refine classroom practice.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week

Kathryn Parker Boudett, co-author of Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators, offers ideas on what makes school-based meetings work well—and why they often don't.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week

The superintendent's job can be isolating; online communities can make it less so, write Mark Edwards and Mort Sherman.
November 11, 2016 – Education Week

Virtual learning communities can be a way for educators to connect, collaborate, and improve both their individual and collective practice, Jessica Cuthbertson writes.
July 18, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Marcia Powell discusses three options she believes could help schools move away from the one-size-fits-all factory PD model.
February 1, 2016 – Teacher

A professional learning community is not simply a meeting: It is an structured collaborative process. And it works, Rick DuFour and Douglas Reeves argue.
October 2, 2015 – Teacher


Teacher collaboration is often prized, but not universally loved.
January 27, 2016 - Teaching Now

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