Professional Learning Communities: What they are and what they aren't

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The Professional Learning Communities process is supported by research and endorsed by educational researchers at all levels as our best hope for sustained, substantive improvement. But what is a professional learning community? In this one-day institute, Gavin Grift and Colin Sloper, who recently revised Learning by Doing for the Australian context, will outline the three big ideas that drive the PLC concept, offer practical strategies for bringing those ideas to life and share collective learning from schools throughout Australia that are using those ideas to have a profound impact on student and adult learning.

A lot is written and spoken about in terms of professional learning communities (PLCs). In this session, Gavin and Colin will outline, from the field of both research and practice, four critical questions and the characteristics that set PLCs aside from more traditional models of schooling, and help to build staff understanding of what it means to work in a PLC while incorporating strategies with a relentless focus on learning. Participants will learn about what is required to transform their school into a PLC while recognising detours and missteps to avoid in their journey. 

Objectives and Outcomes 

  • Learn how to shift teachers’ beliefs and mindsets to those underpinned by “high levels of learning for all”. 
  • Discover why professional learning communities are becoming the highly regarded method for ensuring sustained school and system improvement. 
  • Explore ways to start or enhance your PLC journey.

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SKU CONF2019AAA
Session Session 1 - 9:30am - 11:00am
Day Day 1
Strand Culture, Professional Learning Teams

The Professional Learning Communities process is supported by research and endorsed by educational researchers at all levels as our best hope for sustained, substantive improvement. But what is a professional learning community? In this one-day institute, Gavin Grift and Colin Sloper, who recently revised Learning by Doing for the Australian context, will outline the three big ideas that drive the PLC concept, offer practical strategies for bringing those ideas to life and share collective learning from schools throughout Australia that are using those ideas to have a profound impact on student and adult learning.

A lot is written and spoken about in terms of professional learning communities (PLCs). In this session, Gavin and Colin will outline, from the field of both research and practice, four critical questions and the characteristics that set PLCs aside from more traditional models of schooling, and help to build staff understanding of what it means to work in a PLC while incorporating strategies with a relentless focus on learning. Participants will learn about what is required to transform their school into a PLC while recognising detours and missteps to avoid in their journey. 

Objectives and Outcomes 

  • Learn how to shift teachers’ beliefs and mindsets to those underpinned by “high levels of learning for all”. 
  • Discover why professional learning communities are becoming the highly regarded method for ensuring sustained school and system improvement. 
  • Explore ways to start or enhance your PLC journey.