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PDXpert: Understanding the Basics of a Professional Learning Community

Master Teacher
DetailsMultimedia Kit
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3 hours
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Price: $300.00
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Ongoing, high-quality professional development is not a luxury-- it's a necessity. School leaders, teachers, and staff must be continually learning, growing and honing their craft in order ensure students receive the outstanding education they deserve. Unfortunately, bringing in outside facilitators to lead professional development workshops can be prohibitively expensive at a time when many school budgets are squeezed. Sending staff to workshops hosted off-campus is likewise not only expensive, but difficult to schedule. PDXpert's complete professional development workshop modules solves these common problems by offering schools everything they need to host high-quality, professional development workshops in house, with minimal preparation and at a fraction of the cost of hiring third-party workshop facilitators.

Each easy-to-use PDXpert turn-key solution includes the following components:

  • Pre-session and planning materials
  • Workshop agenda
  • Presentation outline
  • PowerPoint presentation with presenter's notes
  • Attendee handouts
  • Follow-up activities and implementation guides 
  • Evaluation forms
  • Certificates of completion

Resources included with each PDXpert include a presenter's binder with printouts of all the workshop materials, as well as a CD-ROM and USB flash drive with electronic and downloadable files.  All PDXpert workshops are aligned with Learning Forward (NSDC) Standards for Professional Learning.

Understanding the Basics of a Professional Learning Community is a 3-hour long workshop (which can also be presented as multiple shorter sessions) covering the following topics:

  • Origin of the Thinking About Professional Learning Communities
    • Business Origins
    • Dr. Richard DuFour
    • Defining a PLC
    • 3 Pillars of a PLC
  • Pillar #1: A Focus on Learning
    • Mission
    • Learning for All Students
  • Pillar #2: A Collaborative Culture
    • Working Together
    • Qualities of Effective Collaborative Teams
  • Pillar #3: A Focus on Results
    • Data-Driven Decisions
    • Systematic and Timely Interventions
  • Next Steps for Developing Our PLC
    • It’s Not an Overnight Process
    • Tight vs. Loose Leadership 

PDXpert workshops are adaptable and can be presented year after year, making them an excellent value. As an added bonus, you will receive one free copy of the laminated reference guide, School Climate: Building Safe, Supportive, and Engaging Classrooms and Schools by Jonathan Cohen and Maurice Elias with your purchase-- a $12.95 value!!

View an excerpt from Understanding the Basics of a Professional Learning Community

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National Professional Resources (NPR, Inc.) has been a leader in the field of education publishing since 1968. Founded and operated by educators with a deep commitment to the success of all learners, our mission is to provide teachers, administrators, and other school staff with quality tools and resources that will better enable them to help every student achieve success. To this end, we publish books, quick-reference laminated guides, and produce videos by leading voices in the field of education. We also carry thousands of the most in-demand educational resources from other leading publishers and producers, including material for parents and students.

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