Schools as Professional Learning Communities
Collaborative Activities and Strategies for Professional Development
- Sylvia M. Roberts - City College of New York, CUNY
- Eunice Z. Pruitt - Educational Consultant, Texas
Foreword by Susan Sullivan
"Roberts and Pruitt offer practical advice to educators who seek to address one of the greatest obstacles to creating effective schools: how to get school staff to collaborate and learn from each other. Their insights and suggestions are smart, useful, and demonstrate a genuine understanding of how schools work."
—Pedro A. Noguera, Executive Director
Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, New York University
More and more educational leaders are turning to the collaborative learning community model to create school change and improvement. This practical resource offers research-based activities and strategies for providing professional learning opportunities that lead to the building of community in schools as well as improved learning outcomes for both teachers and students.
Ideal for school leaders and staff developers, this updated bestseller examines the knowledge and skills needed to become a successful leader of learners and provides helpful tips, real-life classroom vignettes, and insights into effective teamwork. The authors help administrators lead staff in:
- Learning through study groups, shared leadership, and professional portfolios
- Performing collaborative student assessments and classroom observation
- Reexamining their beliefs and assumptions through reflective activities
With the latest information on e-portfolios, coaching, emotional intelligence, and more, this proven professional development approach gives leaders the tools they need to implement a culture of collaboration that can transform entire schools!
Well designed and aligned with the goals of the course. Students found this book applicable outside of class.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: The Professional Learning Community - An Overview