Fostering a Professional Learning Community in Your School
A professional learning community in a school is essential in order for the numeracy project to be sustained in that school and for any future professional development initiatives. Teacher collaboration is necessary for professional learning to occur.
Developing a professional learning community
The school’s management team need to devise strategies to facilitate closer working relationships between colleagues in order for trust and mutual support to develop i.e a learning community. Developing an effective learning community is part of the role of the principal alongside the senior management team. Information on how to analyse existing learning communities and develop a learning community within a school can be found on the following sites:
- Professional Learning Communities in Schools (Powerpoint presentation (217KB))
- A checklist for analysing a school’s culture:
- Thirteen tips for managing change which can be adapted for individual schools.
- A large research study that provides some helpful material for schools considering setting up a professional learning community and makes a clear connection between the quality of teacher professional learning and the level of improvement in students' achievement.
- Ways to strengthen your school mathematics programme
Focusing on Achievement Data
Why gather data, how might you investigate it and what is the best time of year for a data investigation?
Looks at using data to report and effect change and outlines four types of comparisons that can be made with the use of data.
Provides expected levels of achievement that can be used to identify students at risk and those with special abilities.