The days of teachers toiling alone on student learning challenges are coming to a close as more and more educators understand the power of collaborative learning. When educators throughout a school commit collectively to transforming their buildings into learning schools, students reap the benefits.
However, effective professional learning communities do not just happen when schools bring groups of learners together. They take focused effort to build and sustain. From setting the stage to engaging the community in understanding the purpose of collaborative professional learning teams, this volume covers what leaders need to know to implement more effective professional learning.
Chapters focus on changing school culture, scheduling time, planning, using data, designs for professional learning, facilitating collaborative professional learning teams, evaluating learning, and more. The book outlines the roles of central office administrators, the principal, and the coach in creating successful, effective learning teams. An accompanying CD includes nearly 500 pages of tools. In addition, using the included Innovation Configuration map, teams can assess just where they stand in reaching critical objectives for effective learning.
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