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Title: Professional Learning Communities in Schools Online Workshop


1
Professional Learning Communities in Schools
Online Workshop
2
Who will find this workshop useful?
  • Teachers / lead teachers / school leaders
  • Syndicates / departments
  • AtoL facilitators

How to use this workshop
  • To update, review and/or reflect on professional
    learning communities.
  • As a focus for professional development in
    exploring formative assessment.
  • To support AtoL in-depth programmes in schools.

3
What is a professional learning community?
  • Can we come up with our own definition?
  • These words may help you
  • school goals
  • improved student learning
  • changing teacher practice
  • continuous improvement
  • whole school focus

4
Professional learning communities
  • Teacher professional development that improves
    the learning of all students, organises adults
    into learning communities whose goals are aligned
    with those of the school and community.

5
A definition
  • A professional learning community is one in
    which teachers update their professional
    knowledge and skills within the context of an
    organised, school-wide system for improving
    teaching practices. In addition, teachers'
    efforts, individually and collectively, are
    focused on the goal of improving student learning
    and achievement and making the school as a whole
    become a high-performing organisation.
  • Timperley, H. (2004)

6
Why professional learning communities?
  • When teachers are part of a professional
    learning community in which they are
    acknowledged, supported and challenged, and feel
    that it is safe to take risks and share
    information, they can review and alter their
    teaching practice so that it makes a real
    difference to their students learning.
  • Ministry of Education Effective Literacy
    Strategies in Years 9 to 13, p.18

7
Collaboration
  • Staff development that improves the learning of
    all students provides teachers with the knowledge
    and skills to collaborate.
  • Discussion points
  • Do we agree with this statement?
  • How do we ensure that this happens in our school?

8
We know its working because
  • What are the qualities of an effective learning
    community?
  • Think, pair, and share with your colleagues

9
Professional learning communities
  • Share a mission, vision, goals and values
  • Are collaborative teams working to improve
    student learning
  • Are result-oriented
  • Are action-oriented
  • Have a commitment to continuous improvement

10
Where do we find professional learning
communities?
  • Classrooms and staffrooms
  • Department and syndicate meetings
  • Meetings where schools or teachers from different
    schools get together
  • At school board of trustees meetings
  • Networks and clusters
  • Other communities of practice such as
    professional and subject associations

11
Successful professional learning communities
  • If we could truly establish high levels of
    learning for all students as the guiding
    principle for the school, and if we were willing
    to honestly confront the brutal facts of the
    current reality in our school, the right
    decisions about what to do and what to stop doing
    often become evident.
  • Rick DuFour, 2004

12
Purpose of professional learning communities
  • To improve the success of all students by
    focusing attention on the impact that decisions
    relating to school organisation, teaching,
    assessment, and curriculum have on student
    learning.

13
Structuring professional learning communities
  • To achieve high levels of learning for ALL
    students ALL adults will need to work together
    within a collaborative culture that fosters high
    performance and achievement.

14
Plan for success
  • Meet during the school day
  • Analyse student achievement data to identify
    areas of need and priorities
  • Create, implement, and evaluate interventions to
    address learning gaps
  • Organise in the most appropriate way to achieve
    your goals (syndicate, department, whole school).
  • Report results to the whole staff

15
Role of school leaders in supporting professional
learning communities
  • Establish clear expectations, parameters, and
    priorities
  • Monitor progress and outcomes of professional
    learning communities
  • Meet with professional learning communities to
    review their learning and demonstrate support
  • Provide resources including time, materials, and
    access to research

16
Teachers who are part of a professional learning
community
  • Take part in quality conversations that include
    discussing specific qualitative and quantitative
    data to find out about their students
    literacy-related strengths and needs
  • Take responsibility for their own professional
    growth and increase their knowledge of literacy
    learning
  • Develop a shared language as they learn literacy
    strategies and discover how to use and teach them
    strategically
  • Ministry of Education Effective Literacy
    Strategies in Years 9 to 13, p.18

17
How can we use this presentation?
  • Share it with other staff in your school
  • Share some of Helen Timperleys work as
    professional reading
  • Shifting the Focus Achievement Information for
    Professional Learning A Summary of the
    Sustainability of Professional Development in
    Literacy - Parts 1 and 2
  • Form a professional learning community or quality
    learning circle
  • For more details on forming your own Quality
    Learning Circle

18
References
  • Timperley, H. (2004). Shifting the focus
    Achievement information for professional
    learning A summary of the sustainability of
    professional development in literacy - parts 1
    and 2. Retrieved 2005, August 17 from
    www.minedu.govt.nz/goto/pdinliteracy
  • Dufour, R. (May 2004).What is a professional
    learning community? Educational Leadership
    Journal, 61(8).
  • Ministry of Education. (2004). Effective literacy
    strategies in years 9 to 13 A guide for
    teachers. Wellington Learning Media.
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