Spotlight on Professional Learning Communities

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On 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:

  • Building effective teacher teams
  • Starting a new professional learning community
  • Preventing group burnout
  • Tips on keeping professional learning teams energized
  • Increasing teacher-to-teacher collaboration
  • Creating a culture of teacher support

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Administrators and teachers are trying to convert typically scattershot professional development into a seamless endeavor.
November 10, 2010 – Education Week

November 8, 2010 – Education Week

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Teacher collaboration is hailed as one of the most effective ways to improve student learning, and one high school in Illinois is often credited with perfecting the concept.
April 2, 2008 – Education Week

Tips on keeping professional learning teams energized.
March 1, 2008 – Teacher

Author Anne Jolly sees collaborative work among teachers as the future of professional development.
October 25, 2007 – Teacher

Findings from a new study by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future show the importance of collaborative learning in developing 21st-century skills, write commission President Tom Carroll and Program Manager Hanna Doerr.
June 28, 2010 – Education Week

Drawing on their five-year study of Title I schools, Ronald Gallimore and Bradley A. Ermeling identify five keys for creating effective collaborative programs.
April 13, 2010 – Education Week

Veteran educator Bill Ferriter credits his professional learning community with helping him understand why curriculum standards really matter.
January 28, 2009 – Teacher (Web)

Cindi Rigsbee explains how a swift initiation into the world of professional learning communities changed her thinking on teaching. Comment on this story.
July 2, 2008 – Teacher (Web)

Professional development by lecture is doomed, writes Ross Hunefeld, and should be replaced by teacher-led learning communities.
November 4, 2009 – Education Week

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