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This resource provides principals with practical support, step-by-step plans, and hands-on strategies to lead the development of thriving professional learning communities in their schools.

Building Professional Learning Communities
Building professional learning communities

A professional learning community (PLC) is about the synergy of collaborative action. The term synergy is derived from the Greek word synergos, meaning “working together,” and describes instances where increased effectiveness and achievement are produced by combined action. Improved student achievement is one instance where research has demonstrated that educators who work collaboratively produce an effect on student results that is greater than the sum of individual teacher effort (Fullan, 2005c). Effective PLCs provide the conditions necessary for the synergy that drives school improvement. Students, teachers, and school leaders are the recipients of the powerful effects of collaborative action as practiced in professional learning communities.

Professional learning communities have become a significant field for research in the past 15 ...

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