Everyone Contributing to the PLC

Here is a question that was submitted to me by an instructional coach requesting my thoughts: When working with teams during planning or PLCs, how do I encourage all teachers to participate?  I find that there are a couple of teachers who are there to plan and learn and the rest of them are closed […]

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Teamwork in Professional Learning Communities

In the Fall 2012 (Vol 8, No1) issue of Learningforward’s The Learning Principal, Bradley A. Ermeling proposes five principles for reviving problematic groups. I see all five principles applying to those of you facilitating (or training facilitators for) professional learning communities. Here are Ermeling’s points and my comments for PLC facilitation: Find a Shared Concern– […]

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Learning Communities

This week I had the pleasure to read an in-depth report on a project that I had worked on for several years. Building a Learning Community: A Tale of Two Schools by Dan Mindich and Ann Lieberman was recently published by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and Learningforward. The report examines the NJ […]

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Steve Barkley

For the past 30 years, Steve has served as a consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to reach students and successfully prepare them for the 21st century. Read more…