Professional Learning Communities

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Professional Learning Communities

What is a PLC?

A Professional Learning Community is a group of educators who come together to learn with and from each other for the purpose of improving their teaching practice. PLCs facilitate focused, ongoing conversations with other educators, which have been shown to be a very effective way to improve teaching practice and child outcomes. 

Early Educators in all types of settings are encouraged to join.

Each PLC session is led by an experienced facilitator and meets for two hours. Since each session builds on the last, participation in all sessions is optimal. Participation is free of charge, and training hours will be awarded at the end of the fourth session.


The Art of Observation PLC

Observation is truly an art that can transform your teaching. This PLC will provide an opportunity for early educators to hone their skills in observing, documenting, and assessing children's development. Members will meet four times, and will read and discuss sections from The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching by Deb Curtis and Margie Carter, which will be provided.

Come share your strategies, insights, and desire to build your expertise with like-minded colleagues. There is no charge for participation, and training hour certificates will be provided upon completion.


Teaching Strategies GOLD Hands-On Support PLC

This four-session Professional Learning Community provides educators who have completed the Teaching Strategies GOLD course hands-on practice using the online tool with their own laptop or tablet and data from a child in their own classroom. Educators can develop mastery in uploading photo and video documentation, using the Objectives for Development and Learning, and using notes to support observations. Participation in a GOLD support PLC is now a requirement for educators who wish to be eligible for an initial year free subscription with portfolios for all children in their classroom. 

Each session of the PLC meets for two hours with a trainer certified by Teaching Strategies GOLD to provide technical support in use of this documentation tool. 

Participants should have administrative support for using the Teaching Strategies online toolkit and commit to attend all 4 sessions. Participants will receive training hours upon completion.

This PLC is offered in both Spanish and English.

For more information, contact: 
Position: 
EC-ART Project Director
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5573
Email: 
nward@collaborative.org