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ERIC Number: EJ813227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0040-5841
Creating Professional Learning Communities: The Work of Professional Development Schools
Doolittle, Gini; Sudeck, Maria; Rattigan, Peter
Theory Into Practice, v47 n4 p303-310 Oct 2008
If professional learning communities offer opportunities for improving the teaching and learning process, then developing strong professional development school (PDS) partnerships establish an appropriate framework for that purpose. PDS partnerships, however, can be less than effective without proper planning and discussion about the aims of those partnerships. We argue that creating effective partnerships requires time upfront to establish ground rules, clarify the tasks to be undertaken, identify supports required for successful implementation, and ensure that a shared vision and mission exist between partners. Utilizing essential questions for organizing such a collaborative venture, and illustrating effective partnerships in three schools, the researchers describe strategies for developing P-12 professional learning communities that are positive, effective, and durable.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey