Professional Learning Groups
Collaborative work is at the heart of any effective school or district improvement plan. The Great Schools Partnership is here to help train and support educators in establishing and facilitating effective professional learning groups (PLGs) that grow and harness the collective efficacy of teachers and build a collegial culture within your school community. Our strategies include:
What Is a Professional Learning Group?
Professional learning groups (PLGs) are small teams—often six to twelve teachers—who share common students, interests, or teaching responsibilities, such as the same content area, grade level, or team assignment. Some schools choose to develop random groups of mixed grade level and content areas to deepen whole school collegiality and collaboration. These groups meet regularly to discuss teacher work, student work, research, or data. The goal of these groups is to capture and build on the knowledge and skills of participating teachers in ways that will help them increase the aspirations and achievement of their students.