Professional Learning Communities
Any educator knows that no one teacher can ever be all things to all students. But how can you effectively bring the combined skills of all leaders and teachers in a school together to provide the best learning experience possible?
For a rapidly growing number of schools, professional learning communities (PLCs) are proving the answer.
PLCs are an approach to school improvement where groups of teachers work in high- performing collaborative teams to improve outcomes for ALL students. It all starts from a simple idea: students learn more when teachers work together. But that depends on how they work and what they work on!
Of course, the many demands and challenges of running a busy school mean that bringing staff together as a cohesive unit to focus on the right work is not always as straightforward as it sounds.
The programs, led by Gavin Grift, professional learning communities expert and author, are designed to help you navigate and embed the PLC process.
Gavin has been helping transform schools in Australia using professional learning communities since heading up a pilot program in Adelaide, Melbourne, and Canberra in 2010.
Founded on the ground-breaking work of Robert Eaker, and Richard and Becky DuFour, and drawing on the work of three books – Collaborative Teams that Transform Schools, Learning by Doing: A Handbook for PLCs and Collaborative Systems of Support – the programs give you the practical tools needed to begin transforming your school and teams.