Introduction to Creating and Facilitating Professional Learning Groups
Recent events have exacerbated and amplified the need for focused and powerful student-centered teacher collaboration that addresses inequities in our schools and supports meaningful change for all students. By utilizing professional learning groups (PLGs) educators can collaborate in new ways and ensure their meetings, whether in-person or virtual, are effective, efficient, and focused on student outcomes.
PLGs provide dedicated and supported time to evaluate student work, tune assessments and plans, and engage in constructive dialogue with colleagues. Developing PLGs that nurture a community devoted to continuous improvement and educational equity requires shared vision, key skills, and thoughtful implementation.
Our three-day virtual institute introduces participants to strategies and considerations, provides opportunities for active engagement and practice, and offers a framework for effective implementation of PLGs in any context. In the true spirit of PLGs, we encourage participants to register as teams with varied roles, including administrators, in order to effectively process and apply the learning to your school community.
This online training is not a sit-and-get webinar, but rather an opportunity for participants to engage with each other through an active series of discussions and activities. Participants will need a computer with audio and video, as well as a stable internet connection. All participants will receive a physical Professional Learning Groups Facilitator Manual, a certificate of professional development hours, and access to digital versions of all materials.
Over the last decade, the Great Schools Partnership has trained hundreds of facilitators and supported PLGs across New England.
- Identify the purpose, definition, and core elements of PLGs
- Explore the role effective PLGs can play in working towards equity and school improvement
- Build capacity to lead and learn through facilitation and participation in structured protocols
- Consider best practices necessary to support productive collegiality in your context
Dates: Tuesday-Thursday, July 13-15, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
Where: Virtual, via zoom
Registration Closes: Friday, June 4, 2021