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Finding Our Place. School Librarians and Professional Learning #iasl12 Communities. A Journey. Today’s Learning Intentions – understand the components and importance of a professional learning community

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Finding Our Place

School Librarians and Professional Learning #iasl12 Communities

A Journey

Today’s Learning Intentions

– understand the components and importance of a professional learning community

– compare current practice in your building/district to the components

– locate viable pathways for embedding yourself in the work of PLCs.

“The PLC label has proceeded the concept” Shirley Hord

“The term (PLCs) has been used so ubiquitously that is in danger of losing all meaning” - Richard DuFour

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Current thinking?

Current thinking?

“Professionals caring for and working to improve student learning together, by engaging in continuous collective learning of their own” – Andy Hargreaves

PLCs are student focused.

PLCs are student focused.

“Teachers in the more effective schools made all decisions based on what was best for students, as opposed to what was easiest for teachers.”– Todd Whitaker Seven Simple Secrets

PLCs are student focused

  • What do we want each student to learn?

  • How will we know when each student has learned it?

  • How will we respond when a student experiences difficulty in learning?”

    - DuFour

A Journey

Lesson Design Teacher Leadership

Assessments of Student Learning

Curricula Planning

  • Focus on Teaching and Learning

  • Nurturing a Collaborative Culture

  • Planning and working strategically

  • Teaming with other learning specialists

  • - Allison Zmuda



Assessments of Student Learning



Content Literacy


Curricula Planning

Curriculum Mapping

Iowa Core

Lesson Design

Best Practices




Concept Based

Teacher Leadership

Data Team

Leading / Planning PD

1:1 initiatives

Components of PLCs (Hord)

Components of PLCs (Hord)

Where to Begin?

Finding connections to your practice.

Form at

Shared Beliefs, Values, and Vision

Shared and Supportive Leadership

Collective Learning and Its ApplicationPhoto: Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY

Supportive Conditions- Structural Factors

Time, Place, Resources, Policies

Supportive Conditions- Relational Factors

The people factor

Shared personal practice


Finding Our Place

Ernie Cox

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Twitter: erniec

School Librarians and Professional Learning Communities

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