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Professional Learning Communities

The building blocks of professional learning communities are collaborative teams of teachers who work together to change the way they teach in order to address students learning needs. To support the need for productive teacher communities of learning and growth, SERVE has developed and piloted a successful Professional Learning Team process. This process provides a way of engaging school faculties in sustained, onsite professional development that builds capacity and collegiality, improves teaching quality, and focuses on student achievement.


Professional Learning Team FAQs

This FAQ sheet provides basic information about the way SERVE introduces, establishes, and supports Professional Learning Team efforts in schools.

A Facilitator's Guide to Professional Learning Teams: Creating On-the-Job Opportunities for Teachers to Continually Learn and Grow

This practical "how-to" guide provides readers with field-tested tools and procedures for establishing and maintaining Professional Learning Teams in schools. Among the suggestions and resources you will find ideas and activities for organizing Professional Learning Teams, analyzing, data, setting goals, guiding teams through successful meetings, sustaining team momentum, and monitoring progress and effectiveness.

Professional Learning Team Tools and Resources

In addition to current links to appropriate articles for professional learning teams, this site continually updates tips, tools, and information located in A Facilitator's Guide to Professional Learning Teams.

For more information, contact Anne Jolly, Senior Program Specialist, at 800-755-3277