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Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Learning Communities

Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Learning Communities

Edited by:

Ann Lieberman, Lynne Miller, Valerie von Frank

December 2013 | 128 pages | Corwin

When teachers learn from each other, students reap the benefits.

 Learning Forward is a leader in understanding and advancing professional learning that leads to student success. This book is the first in a series exploring each of Learning Forward’s seven Standards for Professional Learning, which outline the characteristics of effective professional learning. In this book, the authors help readers understand what it takes to establish and maintain professional learning communities (PLCs) that align with the Learning Forward standards and increase educator effectiveness in order to provide the best outcomes for students. Its features include:


  • An original essay by thought leaders Ann Lieberman and Lynne Miller designed to stretch readers’ thinking on the Learning Communities standard by introducing the underlying theory, research, and practice behind learning communities
  • A comprehensive guide to implementing the Learning Communities standard, with an overview of six critical attributes of PLCs and the seven-step cycle of continuous improvement
  • A case study of the district-wide implementation of PLCs that led to changed practices for educators and improved results for students, containing detailed analysis of what worked


With these tools in hand to strengthen professional learning, new heights of effective teaching, leadership and student achievement are within your school’s reach.

Stephanie Hirsh
Introduction to the Series
The Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning
The Learning Communities Standard
About the Series Editors
About the Contributors
Ann Lieberman and Lynne Miller
1. Unpacking Professional Learning Communities: Getting From Here to There
Shirley M. Hord and Patricia Roy
2. Creating Learning Communities
Valerie von Frank
3. The Case Study
Key features
(1) Promotes a deeper understanding of the conditions, processes, and content of effective professional learning to support continuous improvement in leadership, teaching, and student learning.

(2) Provides educators with the learning opportunities and tools to unpack each standard, connect the standard to their own contexts and experiences, and build a common understanding of the qualities of effective professional learning.

(3) Original essays, written by leading experts in the field, challenge existing thinking and promote new, deeper-level understandings of the meaning of the standard.

(4) Explores the in-connectedness of individual standards and cultivates an appreciation for how the standards function in symmetry.

(5) Includes a detailed chapter on implementation and application of the standard to help close the knowing-doing gap and sustain improvements over time.

(6) Original case studies provide inspirational examples of actual districts "getting it right" and educators who have realized the promise of effective professional learning.

Sample Materials & Chapters


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