As a professional educator, it is important to be an effective educator for the students I teach. Therefore it is imperative to be in a community of professional learning. As a leader, it is and will be my continued goal to have an effective professional learning community for educators to increase effectiveness and results for student outcomes.
In this article and video clip from Learning Forward, it outlines the facts that leaders need to be advocates and good stewards for professional learning communities. These leaders may be teachers or administrators. These communities are made up of teachers, principals, assistant principals, central office personnel, or anyone in the school system that may be a part of teaching our K-12 students. We have learning communities in our schools systems, universities, professional organizations, or public agencies.
As a leader, it is a priority to set expectations as a part of our school goals to require an effective professional learning community. These learning communities should align with overall goals for the classroom, school, and school system to promote student results.
As you read the attached article, it details the professional learning community in the following ways:
- Who is a part of the learning community
- How to advocate for professional learning community
- How to create an effective professional learning agenda through data
- How to survey the effectiveness of a professional learning community
- How to create and promote various support systems and structures.