ERIC Number: ED443150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Launching Professional Learning Communities: Beginning Actions.
Leo, Tara; Cowan, D'Ette
Issues...about Change, v8 n1 2000.
A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is a school where administrators and teachers continuously seek and share learning to increase their effectiveness for students and act on what they learn. PLCs are characterized by five dimensions: shared and supportive leadership, shared values and vision, collective learning and application of learning, supportive conditions, and shared personal practice. A school staff can evolve into a PLC by nurturing and developing each of these five dimensions. Although research has shown the benefits of schools becoming PLCs, what is missing are the answers to these questions: How is a PLC created? and What are the beginning actions schools can take to create a PLC? This issue reports on the efforts of the Strategies for Increasing School Success at Southwest Educational Development Laboratory to find answers to these questions through the Creating Communities of Continuous Inquiry and Improvement project, a collaborative effort with 22 co-developers who represent higher educational faculty and researchers and staff from state education agencies, intermediate education agencies, local education agencies, and regional educational laboratory staff and consultants. This issue describes actions of co-developers and school personnel to initiate development of a PLC. (DFR)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.