PLCs: An Alternative Approach to Professional Development (76081)

Session Information: Professional Training, Development & Concerns in Education
Session Chair: A. Michael Riskus

Saturday, 25 November 2023 11:15
Session: Session 1
Room: Room B (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Effective professional development (PD) is critical to enhancing instructional practices and student achievement. Conventional PD often falls short because of limited duration, passivity, and lack of personalization. In response, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) offer a dynamic alternative, promoting collaborative, ongoing, and job-embedded learning. This presentation explores an alternative approach to PD which has the potential to revolutionize teacher growth. Conventional PD models have demonstrated limited impact on teaching practices and student learning. To address these challenges, PLCs have emerged as a promising solution. These communities foster collaborative inquiry and action research among educators, grounded in the belief that continuous learning for teachers drives improved student outcomes. Key to PLCs' success is their commitment to principles such as active participation, coherence, sufficient duration, and teacher autonomy. Research has supported these principles, laying the foundation for PLC effectiveness. PLCs encourage teachers to collaboratively analyze student data, set specific goals, develop targeted strategies, and engage in ongoing reflective practices. The impact is profound: PLCs empower teachers, enhance teaching expertise, and align classroom practices with student needs. Through hands-on practice and shared decision-making, teachers take ownership of their professional growth. This transformative journey is characterized by its focus on learning, supportive relationships, and continuous improvement. PLCs thrive on shared goals, regular meetings, and a cyclical process of action research. They stimulate dialogue, experimentation, and reflection. This presentation invites educators to consider PLCS as an approach to professional growth and to embrace this dynamic model that fosters sustainable improvements in teaching and learning.

Authors:
A. Michael Riskus, Rabdan Academy, United Arab Emirates


About the Presenter(s)
Dr A. Michael Riskus is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Rabdan Academy in United Arab Emirates

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00