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ERIC Number: EJ1124422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
6 Key Features of Successful Community of Practice
King, Michelle
Journal of Staff Development, v37 n6 p12-14 Dec 2016
Most educators probably know what it feels like to be part of an unproductive professional learning community--one where the topics range from last night's TV episodes to everyone's weekend plans before coming around to instructional issues. Other communities might just feel like another staff meeting with a list of announcements. But there are ways to create strong communities of practice that allow schools to address common challenges while also benefitting individual members. The Redesign PD Community of Practice involves representatives from 21 districts and one charter management organization who are all facing professional learning challenges and working toward solutions that can improve teaching and learning in their districts and across the nation. Facilitated by Learning Forward, the community is also demonstrating how a productive community functions. Successful communities have six specific characteristics that allow the experience to be rewarding for the members, the students they serve, and the education field in general. This article details those six characteristics.
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Language: English
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