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Professional Learning Communities - What is a PLC?

Professional Learning Communities - What is a PLC? | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

From the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement:


"Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) shift the focus of school reform from restructuring to reculturing (Louis, 2006). A PLC is an ongoing process used to establish a schoolwide culture that develops teacher leadership explicitly focused on building and sustaining school improvement efforts. Generally, PLCs are composed of teachers, although administrators and support staff routinely participate (Bolam, McMahon, Stoll, Thomas, & Wallace, 2005; Huffman, 2000). In some schools, PLCs are extended to community members and students, as appropriate (Stoll, Bolam, McMahon, Wallace, & Thomas, 2006; Stoll & Louis, 2007). Through participation in PLCs, teachers enhance their leadership capacity while they work as members of ongoing, high-performing, collaborative teams that focus on improving student learning (Rentfro, 2007). "

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Miles MacFarlane: Understanding and Creating Professional Learning Networks

As part of a self-directed professional learning community, teachers at RMC in London, Ontario undertook the exploration of a range of social media tools. Th...

Via Tricia Marty Rohloff
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Thanks to Tricia Rohloff for recommending this video. 


I liked the Canadian accent and the real world view the narrator provides.   He sounds like a veteran educator.  


By opening the video on YouTube I was able learn more about Author' Miles MacFarlane.  I was impressed that he'd included citations for his video in the descriptions area.  I searched his name and found many links to teacher oriented content he's created. There's a good deal of bibliographical material.  A quick scan of his online presence and the video itself  is enough to convince me that Miles is well worth listening to! 

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John Popke's comment, March 2, 2014 8:59 PM
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John Popke's comment, March 2, 2014 8:59 PM
Thanks for sharing this!