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ERIC Number: EJ971395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1531-3174
Investing in Teacher Leaders
Kingsley, Judy
Leadership, v41 n3 p24-26 Jan-Feb 2012
All across California, educators are finding that creating strong and effective Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at every grade level or in every subject area is not easy. It may be tempting to conclude that PLCs are one more idea that did not work. But there is solid research to support the core concepts of PLCs: (1) a focus on learning; (2) collaborative culture; (3) continuous inquiry; and (4) de-privatizing practice. This article reports on the effort of one district, Palmdale Elementary, to explore the possibility that the key to strengthening PLCs is teacher leaders. Teacher PLCs provide both the structure and the process for teachers to come together as professionals to identify and work on "problems of practice." Rather than having such problems being left to individual teachers, every teacher becomes part of a broader community that learns to address challenges together by examining systems and practices both inside and outside the classroom.
Association of California School Administrators. 1029 J Street Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95814. Tel: 800-890-2272; Tel: 916-444-3216; Fax: 916-444-3739; Web site: http://www.acsa.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California