Aspiring leadersMay 17, 2010Essential questionsWhat are the core elements of professional learning communities?
What is the difference between professional learning communities and communities of practice?
How does CESD function as a PLC?What are our strengths?What are our challenges?
What do you believe is important in relation to PLCs?Characteristics of Professional Learning Communities1. Shared mission, vision & values2. Collective inquiry3. Collaborative teams4. Action orientation and experimentation5. Continuous improvementResults orientations
Dufour & Eaker (1998)PLCs & Communities of PracticePLCShared Mission, Vision, and ValuesCollective InquiryCollaborative TeamsAction orientation and experimentationContinuous ImprovementResults OrientationCommunity of PracticeMutual EngagementJoint EnterpriseShared Repertoire
Wenger (1998)Mutual Engagement more than just a groupJoint enterprise not just a goal but mutual accountability around a practiceShared repertoire includes routines, words, tools, ways of doing things, stories, symbols, concepts that the community has produeces4 6 Essential Components of School ImprovementEssential Structure Learning CommunityEssential Method Collaborative InquiryEssential People Educational leadersEssential Process PDEssential Focus Classroom PracticeEssential Commitment Gathering the EvidenceFigure 1: Dimensions of a Learning Community
Mission&VisionOrganizationalStructureLeadershipLearningCultureTheLearningCommunity6Assessing CESD: Essential Structure
Its About Learning (and its about time)StudentsTeachersLeadershipLearning CommunityCapacity Building
Stoll, Fink & Earl (2003)Dot connects this to 3 big ideas from Doctoral work8ReflectionRead chapter provided on your ownAs you read, think about each of the 9 elements their importance to you
Diamond 9Working with a group of 3:1. You have 10-15 minutes to discuss the 9 elements and to sort them on the diamond pattern according to their level of importance.
2. Discuss and determine your group's perception of the most important roles
3. Drag the roles onto the diamond pattern, ranking them according to level of importance to you as a group.
4.Roles that go across a row are considered of equal importance
5. You will be asked to present your top three choices and briefly explain how you arrived at these choices.Application of 9 elements:Think about this through eyes of a leaderThink about an initiative in your school or unit that you would like to begin or are currently engaged withMind mapReflection of your initiativePlanning tool for your initiative
Distributed Learning Example:What connections (resources, people, knowledge) will you need to make to help ensure your project moves forward?How will you attend to motivation of the stakeholders in this initiative?How will you address the emotions you will encounter from stakeholders in your initiative?
How will you engage your community in this initiative ~ respecting the culture of the community?How is inquiry promoted in your initiative?How will encourage creativity ~ playing at the edges of the box?How will you promote a cycle of learning? (practice)How do you maximize time for learning and development?
CommitmentWhat have you done?What have you learned?What will be your next steps?
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