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    • Global Learning Development By Erin Dobson Michael Horwitz Janelle Salmon-Person Mary Worthy Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 LeadershipDevelopment Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 1
    •  Global Learning Development, LLC – multi-national nonprofit organization committed to the implementation of successful Professional Learning Communities. Vision- insuring that effective learning takes place. Mission – successful implementation defined by student outcomes. Values – trust, openness, and engagement. Learning and growth based on innovative practices. Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 Leadership Development Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 2
    •  International nonprofit organization specializing in collaboration in Professional Learning Communities. Locations in United States (Florida), China, and Australia. Governed by a diverse board comprised of leaders in various disciplines. Very flat structure – hires experts as needed. Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 LeadershipDevelopment Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 3
    • Board of Directors Executive Director Technical Principal Consultants - PLC Group Team North America Australia China Production National State Program Program Program Program Development Coordinators Coordinators CoordinatorsCoordinators Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 Leadership Development Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 4
    • Sustained Superior Performance of learning outcomes Financial Primary and Secondary Customer needs Perspective Social Responsibility Learning & Growth Operational Innovation Feedback Systems & Perspective Processes Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 Leadership Development Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 5
    • Adapted from DuFour, R. DuFour, R., Eaker, R., Karhanek, G. ,2004; Wells, C. & Feun, L. ,2007) Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 LeadershipDevelopment Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 6
    •  Collaborative teams whose members work interdependently to achieve common goals linked to the purpose of learning for all (DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, & Many, 2006, p. 3). Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 Leadership Development Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 7
    • Based on supportive and shared leadership as therelationship between the school leader andsubordinates; the guiding theme of a PLC is built onthe collective research, learning and seeking solutionsto school improvement and student achievement bythe leader alongside the subordinates.A shared vision, mission and values separate a PLC runschool from an ordinary school. (Hord, 1997; DuFour & Eaker, 1998) Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 LeadershipDevelopment Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 8
    •  “Collaboration is a trusting, working relationship between two or more equal participants involved in shared thinking, shared planning and shared creation of integrated instruction”.(Montiel-Overall, 2008, p150) Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 Leadership Development Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 9
    •  Determine and define learning outcomes. Learning targets for ALL students established and common standards based formative assessments developed by teams of teachers. Assessment results are analyzed and timely interventions based on student need established. SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely) goals established and collaborative meeting time noted and protected during the regular school day. Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 Leadership Development Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 10
    •  Schedule opportunities and provide accommodations for teacher meetings to occur on a regular basis. Implement teams, interdisciplinary projects. Team classes in same vicinity, common areas. Great School-wide system for communication - to exchange knowledge and information. Empower teachers to make decisions – nurturing independency. Alternate school roles and responsibilities. (Senge, P., Cambron- McCabe N., Lucas, T., Smith B., Dutton, J., & Kleine, A. 2000) Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 Leadership Development Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 11
    •  School culture - Should be encouraging and nurturing of collaborative process. Personal Characteristics - Participants should possess certain characteristics. Communication - Open, regular basis, frequent, trusting. Management - Skilled leadership, supportive to the growth an develop of the collaborative team. Motivation - Members need to be motivated to participate (Haycock,2007; Montiel-Overall, 2008; Williamson, Archibald, & McGregor, 2010). Process and Structure-clarity in roles and responsibilities (Haycock, 2007) . Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 Leadership Development Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 12
    •  TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP  Raises the level of morality and motivation in themselves and others.  Sets an example; realizes lots of work and time is required.  Willing to transform roles, structures, practices or policies. INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP  Knows the key to student learning is good instruction; believes in continuous learning for all.  Spends up to 50% in classrooms; observing, demonstrating, and coaching afterwards. REFLECTIVE LEADERSHIP  Takes time to reflect on school practices and implications for learning. INTENTIONAL LEADERSHIP  Actions are purposeful and well thought out; vision, sense of urgency and planning is evident. (Palumbo & Leight, 2007; Northouse, 2010) Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 Leadership Development Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 13
    • Place student and adult learning first.Set high academic standards and expectations.Demand content and instruction on agreed upon standardsand ensure student achievement.Create a culture of continuous learning for adults tied tostudent learning and school goals.Manage data to inform decisions, measure progress andperformance.Engage the community to create shared responsibility forstudent performance and development. (National Association of Elementary School Principals, 2008, p.13) Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 LeadershipDevelopment Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 14
    • Place student and adult learning first.Set high academic standards and expectations.Demand content and instruction on agreed upon standardsand ensure student achievement.Create a culture of continuous learning for adults tied tostudent learning and school goals.Manage data to inform decisions, measure progress andperformance.Engage the community to create shared responsibility forstudent performance and development. (DuFour, 1999, pp.12-16) Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 LeadershipDevelopment Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 15
    •  Translate state standards into a set of power standards; rational, relevant and focused expectations Standards should be measured by frequent and common classroom assessments. Assess “explicit indicators of adult behavior such as teaching practices, curriculum, leadership, and other influences on student achievement” (Reeves, 2005, p. 46). “Teaching is only as good as its impact on learning” (Schmoker, 2006, p. 126) . (Reeves, 2005) Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 Leadership Development Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 16
    • “The national education goals of today call for all students to master rigorous content, learn how to learn, pursue productive employment, and compete in the global economy” (DuFour & Eaker, 1998, p. 23); the need for education reform is imminent. GLD has proven to meet the needs of 21st Century students through the design of Professional Learning Communities that have a culture of collaboration and focusing on learning and student results in its partnered schools across the globe. Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 LeadershipDevelopment Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 17
    • DuFour, R. (Feb. 1999). Help wanted Principals who can lead professional learning communities. NASSP Bulletin. pp.12-17.DuFour, R. DuFour, R., Eaker, R., Karhanek, G. (2004). Whatever it takes: How professional learning communities respond when kids don’t learn. Bloomington: National Educational Service.Haycock, K. (2007). Collaboration: Critical success factors for student learning . School Libraries Worldwide 13(1), 25-35.Hord, S. (2009). Professional learning communities. National Staff Development Council. 30(1), 40-43.Leading Learning Communities: Standards for what principals should know and be able to do. Alexandria VA: National Association of Elementary School Principals in partnership with Collaborative Communications GroupMontiel-Overall, P. (2008) Teacher and librarian collaboration: A qualitative study (2008). Library & Information Science Research 30, 145-155.Northouse, P. (2010). Leadership: Theory and practice. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications, Inc.Palumbo, J. & Leight, J. (2007). The power of focus: More lessons learned in district and school improvement. Huntington Beach CA: Focus on Results.Reeves, D. (2006). The learning leader: How to focus school improvement for better results. Alexandria VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.Reeves, D. (2005). Putting it all together: Standards, assessment, and accountability in successful professional learning communities. (DuFour, R.[Richard], Eaker, R., & DuFour, R.[Rebecca], (Eds.) On common ground. Bloomington: Solution Tree.Senge, P., Cambron-McCabe, N., Lucas, T., Smith, B., Dutton, J., Kleiner, A., (2000) Schools that learn; A fifth discipline resource. New York, NY: Doubleday.Wells, C. & Feun, L. (2007). Implementation of learning community principles: A study of six high schools. NASSP Bulletin, 91(2) 141- 160.Williamson, K., Archibald, A., McGregor, J. (2010) Shared vision: A key to successful collaboration? School Libraries Worldwide 15(2), 16-30.See the research paper included herewith and incorporated by reference for additional resources not presented herein. Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 Leadership Development Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 18
    • Successful Professional Learning Communities - EDD 8125 LeadershipDevelopment Through Theory & Practice - Nova Southeastern University Presented on 8/13/2011 19