Professional Learning Communities at Work:
Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement

ED 501 Course Syllabus and Assignments

Course Readings

Professional Learning Communities at Work by Richard DuFour (1998) Alexandria, VA: Association for Curriculum Development. 313 pages.

Course Description

This course explores the concepts of professional learning communities (PLC) and how to make them work. It reviews the history of school reform and the complexity of instructional change. A new model for PLC is presented with the mission, vision, values and goals to implement PLC in schools. The book provides researched-based information to transform a school into a PLC where all students can succeed. It provides best practices for school change, improvement and working collaboratively to design curriculum and effective staff development for PLC schools. Educators will research PLC and develop a application essay, lesson/unit plan or project activity.

Course Objectives

1. Educators will review the historical dynamics of "school reform" and the complexity of change involved in reforming the institution of public education.

2. Participants will be presented with a foundation for developing a professional learning community, a mission and vision as well as the values and goals for the new PLC.

3. Educators will examine embedding change in the school culture while sustaining the school improvement process to facilitate the professional learning community at work.

4. Participants will explore the curriculums focus and how each of the roles: teachers, principal, students, and parents all contribute to the total PLC concept.

5. Educators will then research the topic of PLC and combine the information in the book and their personal teaching experiences and develop a PLC application essay or unit plan for classroom or school implementation.

Professional Learning Communities at Work:
Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement

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3 Credits

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Course Syllabus and Assignment Rubrics

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities and commitments. This course aligns with #1, #2, #3 #4 and #5 of those standards.

Chapter Review/Reflections:

Write several paragraphs summarizing the main ideas, knowledge or information you thought was significant from each chapter in the book. Extended bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. See rubric for guidelines.

Chapters:

1. The Disappointment of School Reform
2. New Model: for PLC
3. The Complexity of the Change Process
4. PLC Foundation: Mission & Vision
5. Values and Goals
6. School Improvement Process
7. Change in the Culture of a School
8. Planning Learning: Curricular Focus
9. The Roles of the Principal in a PLC
10. Teaching in a PLC
11. The Role of Parents in a PLC
12. Staff Development in a Professional Learning Community
13. Passion and Persistence

Writing Assignments

After the chapter reviews, write a two-page paper linking key concepts from the book, Professional Learning Communities at Work by Richard DuFour, to your specific classroom context. By focusing your essay on an area of interest that is relevant to your teaching or professional experience, you will enhance your capacity to apply new concept learned in this class. You may choose to specifically focus your paper on classroom-management strategies from the book that are a change from your typical teaching methodology or practice.

Required Assignments

1. Book Readings
2. Chapter Reviews/Reflections
3. Research Review
4. Project or Activity
5. Final Application Essay

Email Assignments to: teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com in 1 or 2 Words docs.
Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca 727-258-7233

Professional Learning Communities at Work:
Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement

$395

3 Credits

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Order: Step 1 of 2

Email * (please provide personal email - school district emails often fail or get blocked)
First Name *
Last Name *
Your School District *

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Email * (please provide personal email - school district emails often fail or get blocked)
First Name *
Last Name *
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