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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES

WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO CREATING EFFECTIVE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES?

Although much discussion and reporting on the subject of professional learning communities has taken place, there are few models and little clear information to guide the creation of such communities within school organizations. Even the work done at SEDL over the last three years is limited in its conclusions. However, initial strategies that are important to share with other educators interested in developing professional learning communities within their schools have been identified.1 Consider the following "first steps".

Step 1: Determine School and Staff Readiness.

Step 2: Consider the Use of an External Change Facilitator.

Step 3: Identify Barriers and Boosters.

Step 4: Begin with the Learning.

Step 5: Create a Theory of Change.