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Leading Professional Learning: Building Capacity Through Teacher Leaders provides practical tools, examples, and processes for developing, implementing, and evaluating systems of job-embedded professional learning led by teacher leaders. Developed by ASCD faculty member and author Judy Carr, the course provides a necessary alternative to older “train the trainer” models of professional development. It emphasizes instead sustainable approaches to long-term capacity building for deep professional learning that leads to routine use of essential practices in classrooms and schools.
In this PD Online course, Carr defines job-embedded professional learning and identifies approaches to needs assessment that highlights professional learning needs within a school. She then provides guidance and criteria for the identification and selection of teacher leaders and includes examples of various means of learning with colleagues in a job-embedded system – such as action research and other study groups, collaborative planning of lessons and assessments, and differentiated professional learning in which teachers engage with and provide feedback to one another.
Participants in this course have the opportunity to analyze the critical role professional learning communities (PLCs) play in the implementation of job-embedded professional learning and to explore various protocols that can strengthen the interactions and results achieved by educators working together to deepen their own learning and that of their students. The course concludes by having participants reflect on the essential “look fors” for high quality, job-embedded professional learning and by asking them to consider essential elements for the monitoring and evaluation of systems of professional learning.
Once embedded in the culture of a school, this systems approach to professional learning led by teacher leaders becomes the vehicle for bringing each best practice to life in classrooms, from curriculum to instruction to assessment to use of data to improve student learning to respectful classroom relationships. The course takes ASCD’s years of experience using capacity building models for professional learning in schools and districts across the country and offers local options for teacher leaders working together with administrators to build capacity for ongoing, high quality, job-embedded professional learning.