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Series of Meetings with Teachers

 

 

Description

A consistent group of teachers meet regularly with a clear goal in order to improve their practice. The group may be directed by the participants themselves (e.g., PLC) and/or supported by a facilitator, (e.g., PDIGs facilitated by a consultant).

Affordances

  • Allows teachers to research, and then try out various strategies or practices in their classrooms that can be shared with the group.

  • Allows PD leader to visit participants in their classroom between whole group sessions

  • Develops a sense of community

  • Allows for adjustment of goals as new challenges or opportunities appear

  • Promotes a sense of accountability to the group

  • Normalizes risk-taking

  • Allows for rich but more lengthy processes, like analyzing records of student work.

  • Can include aspects of coaching (e.g., sharing of videos of practice for collective analysis).

  • Allows teachers to develop expertise over time.

Limitations

  • Time consuming

  • Expensive to replace teachers for numerous days

  • Can be difficult to find common time to schedule meetings

  • Limited number of teachers can participate

  • Requires individual commitment for PD to be effective

  • Needs to be at least some face-to-face with whole group (everyone needs to be physically in the same place at the same time at least part of the time)

For example

PDIG groups, PLC teams, series of PD days on the same topic

http://www.allthingsplc.info/

Liz’s three day session

Terry’s work with elementary ELA teachers: Writing Project