This page is for resources related to the leadership of PLGs; send Margaret any reading or resource you believe to be relevant here, if you can't load it yourself, and she will load it for you!

2010 Reports (Auckland).

Here is the collation of all the reports on their work in 2010 from the leaders of our Auckland learning communities. At the first RP meeting in 2011 for Sandra and Margaret's group, we explored the connections between the ways of working and reflections included in these reports and the Best Evidence Synthesis on Professional Learning and Development. You can find an official summary of that BES at the end of this page - see Table of Contents!

UK experience of Learning Communities.

This evaluation of PLGs similar to ours, but context is more complex, in that they are set up at several levels in particpating schools, has some useful feedback on what makes PLGs successful.

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Andy Hargreaves' criteria for successful PLGs.

At a workshop delivered in Christchurch a few years ago, Andy Hargreaves said that:

Networked Learning Communities:
- share and transfer knowledge
- stimulate professional fufilment and motivation
- capitalise on positive diversity
- create opportunities for lateral leadership
- can be evidence-informed
- promote innovation
- give teachers voice
- personalise schools as learning communities
- are flexible and resilient.

Could you evaluate with your PLG members to what degree your PLG meets these criteria, whether it matters and what you might work on together if there is a criterion you beleive to be one you should fulfil?

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UK resource Learning Communities

What makes Professional Learning successful?

The following summary is based on the key findings of the Teacher Professional Learning and Development Best Evidence Synthesis and is published by the International Academy of Education and the International Bureau of Education as a part of their international commitment to fostering and making accessible scholarly excellence in all fields of education.
Check this out for key messages about leading professional learning in your school - like learning about the NZC.
Timperley, H. (2008). Teacher professional learning and development. Educational Practice Series – 18. International Academy of Education & International Bureau of Education Paris. UNESCO.