Facilitating Effective PLGs
Professional learning groups (PLGs) provide dedicated and supported time during which educators can evaluate student work, tune assessments and plans, and engage in constructive dialogue with peer educators. For PLGs to be effective and impact teachers’ practice, strong facilitation skills are required. Indeed, the usefulness and impact of a PLG is directly related to the skill of the facilitator to engage all participants, foster risk-taking and vulnerability, and maintain focus on improving teaching and learning practices that benefit all students.
In this one-day, in-person session (or two 3-hour virtual sessions), participants will share facilitation successes and challenges and use those experiences to practice, reflect on, and develop their own skills as facilitators of PLGs. Participants will leave with a set of strategies to support effective facilitation and a vision for improving PLGs.
At the Great Schools Partnership, our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to make progress in your school, district, or community. As a participant, you will:
|Facilitating Effective PLGs|
|Welcome, agenda, materials, and introductions|
|Building Our Community: Compass Points|
|Guiding collaborative work|
|Sustaining PLGs: Text protocol|
|Sharing Work in PLGs: Protocol matching|
|Learning From Work: Round 1 protocol|
|Learning From Work: Round 2 protocol|
|Facilitation Challenges: How to respond?|
|Team reflection and planning|
|Closing and feedback|