Supporting the GROWTH of Effective Professional Learning Communities Districtwide

Thessin, Rebecca A.; Starr, Joshua P.
March 2011
Phi Delta Kappan;Mar2011, Vol. 92 Issue 6, p48
The article focuses on the effectiveness of professional learning communities (PLCs) for teachers. The authors emphasize the importance of PLCs for helping teachers to improve their problem solving skills and their capacities to work collaboratively and in teams. They address challenges faced by school districts in preparing teachers for collaborative work in education and suggest that districts should involve teachers in PLC development and leadership, show teachers how to collaborate effectively, and offer an improvement process and support. INSET: Elements of the Stamford PLC Cycle.


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