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

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3 Semester Credits

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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.

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3 Semester Graduate Credits

Professional Learning Communities at Work

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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.

Credit Hours

3 Semester Credits (post-baccalaureate professional development credit)

Course Instructor

Joseph C’de Baca MaEd.

Grade Type

Letter Grade

Professional Learning Communities at Work

What Others Are Saying About This Course

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I would like to personally thank the individual or group who decided to offer courses that were very ideally fitting for educators. I am more excited about these courses than any professional development I have taken in over ten years. Thank you for thinking outside the box and offering courses that sound so fascinating and meaningful.” – Tina B. , Maryland
Thank you very much, I appreciate your help in getting this to me for timely processing with my district.” – Christine G. , Indiana
Thank you for your willingness to e-mail me promptly regarding my questions. I really, really appreciate the format that TLC provided me. I will definitely continue to share my positive experience with fellow staff and hopefully you will see continued fruit from that. I will definitely use TLC again.” – Darin K. , Oregon
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I heard about this program through a friend. The courses were approved by the Virginia Board of Education” – M. Barry. Fairfax, VA
Thanks for the feedback on Part B of the coursework. I used it as part of a World Geography course, and it was a success, so I will make it a regular part of curriculum!…” – Carolyn P. Boulder, CO – Understanding Hispanic Students and Issues


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