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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES

STEP 5: CREATE A THEORY OF CHANGE

The most logical and effective way to begin developing a professional learning community is to bring the professionals together to learn. School development and improvement are directly dependent upon teacher development and improvement. Without this critical link, little will change toward bringing quality learning experiences to the classroom. School administrators and staffs that successfully transform themselves into learning organizations promote the professionalization of teachers and offer improved educational opportunities for students as well.

REFERENCES

  1. Hord, S. M. (1997). Professional learning communities: Communities of continuous inquiry and improvement. Austin, TX: Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.
  2. Garmston, R. J., & Wellman, B. M. (1999). The adaptive school: A sourcebook for developing collaborative groups. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon Publishers.
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