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Introduction to Creating and Facilitating Professional Learning Groups

Online Training
July 21 – July 23, 2020

The need for focused and powerful student-centered teacher collaboration is greater now than ever, particularly during times of school closure and uncertainty. Teachers need to collaborate in new ways and ensure that their meetings, whether in-person or virtual, are effective, efficient, and engaging, with a focus on student outcomes. 

Professional learning groups (PLGs) provide dedicated and supported time during which educators like you can evaluate student work, tune assessments and plans, and engage in constructive dialogue with peer educators. Trained facilitators and a thoughtful implementation plan are key to developing PLGs that nurture a community devoted to continuous improvement and educational equity. 

Our three-day virtual training session introduces facilitators to key skills and considerations, provides opportunities for active engagement and practice, and offers a framework for effective implementation in any context. 

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 and a stable internet connection. All participants will receive a physical Professional Learning Groups Facilitator Manual as well as access to online versions of all materials.

Your Facilitators

GSP has trained hundreds of facilitators and supported PLGs across New England for over a decade. 

This summer training will be led by Reed Dyer and Michelle Milstein. Both Reed and Michelle have directly helped multiple schools and districts design and implement PLGs, and have provided training and ongoing support to facilitators.

You can read more about Michelle and Reed here.

Meeting Dates & Agenda


Day 1:  July 21, 2020  | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

Day 2: July 22, 2020  | 9:00 a.m -12:00 p.m. EDT

Day 3: July 23, 2020  | 9:00 a.m -12:00 p.m. EDT


  1. Clarify the role of PLGs in working towards equity and school improvement
  2. Explore in-person and virtual facilitator skills to ensure effective professional learning
  3. Practice using and understand the value of protocols to support productive collegiality
  4. Consider how PLGs can be implemented in your context

Topics & Activities

  • Building a trusting community 
  • Use protocols to give and receive supportive, productive feedback focused on instructional improvement.
  • Exploring a variety of structures that support deeper thinking and collaboration, in pairs, small groups, and as a whole group.
  • Facilitating and leading in effective and inclusive ways, both in-person and virtually.
  • Utilizing PLGs as a catalyst for equitable student improvement


The cost of our PLG training is $350 per person.  

We encourage school teams to register, although individuals may also register without a team.

Your registration fee includes:

    1. Direct support from a Great Schools Partnership coach
    2. Participation in all sessions
    3. All resources and materials

Cancellation Policy

If you cannot attend the event you may transfer your registration to another attendee without penalty at any time or request a refund. All refund requests for cancellations will be refunded based on the following scale. 

  • On or before 0-14 days prior to the event: no refund.
  • Between 15-30 days prior to the event:  50% refunded
  • More than 30 days prior to the event: 75% refunded 

Emergency Refunds may be granted if an attendee is unable to attend due to the death of an immediate family member, hospitalization, or other extraordinary circumstance and will be subject to a 10% processing fee. All emergency refund requests must be received no later than two weeks after the event conclusion.

All cancellations and requests for transfer must be sent in writing via email.

Have Questions?

Contact our team at events@greatschoolspartnership.org or 207-773-0505.

If you are interested in discussing ongoing support for trained PLG facilitators throughout the school year please contact our associate director, Mark Kostin.


Jul 21 2020 - Jul 23 2020


9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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