Professional Learning Communities and facilitated peer-learning
My presentation will be based on experiences with developing schools with Professional Learning Communities (PLC). PLCs build on a peer-2-peer learning model and it is a cornerstone for schools as learning organizations. PLC is a mean for school development and improvements in a structured manner. The development of schools run as an ‘un-project’. ‘Un–project’ means that the developmental process is grounded on the participant’s actual practices. The teams are facilitated to keep them on a developmental track decided by themselves and by making action learning a ‘normal procedure’ in their teaching. The team develop through collective pedagogical reflections and research.
Ove Christensen is Associate professor, R&D, University College Zealand and an educational researcher working with teaching and learning designs. In particular he is interested in digitally enhanced learning for all kinds of target groups. Learning can be improved by utilising the possibilities in new technologies, and by putting the learner in the front seat.
National Conference 2016
PLCs as School Development and Continuous Professional Development
The presentation will be based on a development un-project on how teachers and school leaders can develop themselves and each other continuously (CPD) if they build their whole organisation on the principles of Professional Learning Communities and, hence, develop the schools – and the municipal school organisation – as learning organizations (a la Senge).
In my presentation I’ll address the principles of facilitated development, the concept of un-project and the experiences working with school leadership teams. (Not surprisingly it turns out changing habits and building trust among school leaders is not an easy task).