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Draw on and develop the skills of your own faculty to provide effective, job-embedded professional development (PD) that is based on proven strategies and cost-effective PD models.
Chapter 10: Professional Learning Communities
Professional Learning Communities
The learning community work at our school provided the faculty and me, as principal, with the structure to make professional development more meaningful, efficient, and focused on students. We learned protocols to use depending on the situation or problem being studied. Our learning communities frequently focused on student work, helping us evaluate student learning and then redesign lessons to improve achievement for our students. With the purpose always focused on improving student learning, our students benefited greatly from our learning-community conversations.
Our work in creating inclusive schools is complex. It requires teachers and administrators working together to shift ideas. We examine beliefs, read together, visit other schools, create action plans, try “out and on” inclusive practices, and ...