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ERIC Number: EJ825641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
Professional Learning Communities & Teacher-Directed Professional Development
Zeppieri, Roseanne
Learning Languages, v14 n1 p16-19 Fall 2008
In an online interview, Giselle Martin-Kniep defines a "Professional Learning Community" (PLC) as "a forum for continually improving learning," "an organizational lifestyle change" through which all stakeholders hone their skills to promote student achievement. Participants in a PLC become "critical friends" who advise, support, and "cheer on" one another for the benefit of the students and the school. PLC groups analyze student data to unravel obstacles to learning; they engage in action research; they develop common assessments; they tackle building as well as classroom challenges. This article discusses how the elementary and middle school world languages teachers in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in central New Jersey spent the 2007-2008 school year involved in forming "Professional Learning Communities." In the PLC groups, the teachers work together to meet the needs of each group of learners and increase students' proficiency. The teachers are committed to continuing the PLC format as a tool for improving student achievement. On their annual feedback forms, teachers described the impact of their collaboration and study during the year. The evidence of success from the professional learning communities is described.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey