Leading a Learning Community

Leading a Learning Community is, to me, the second most exciting part of my job (second to establishing relationships).

I felt I have met the criteria by doing the following:

  • When staff attend PD sessions, I encourage them to first of all connect with other teachers in the school who might be interested in attending as well, and if that isn’t possible, they need to connect with others in the division. Teachers know that I value the ability to collaborate and network around the learning that we are doing.
  • Staff meetings are centered around learning and collaboration. We take time to learn together about effective instruction. The learning might also be around PowerSchool, Reporting, Assessment, IPP development or any number of other pertinent topics.
  • I value providing opportunities for teachers to grow and develop.
  • PLCs are set up to best facilitate a learning community. Teachers work towards goals they have set as a group. The goals should come out of their own professional growth plans.
  • I encourage teachers to be involved in
    • Division Leadership Cohort
    • School Leadership Team
    • Acting Administrator
    • Promoting Division and ATA Leadership Opportunities
  • Encourage and promote opportunities for students in the area of sports, the arts and music. All students need opportunity to do well, esp. if they are not traditionally academic learners.
  • I make a strong effort to make time for Staff Collaboration time. In the past that has meant allotting either admin time or some teacher time to covering classes so teachers can collaborate. Currently we are using a large portion of our PD/Staff Meeting days to have on staff to collaborate. Leading a Learning community starts first with valuing the learning that happens in that community.
  • Continuously share information through the use of email. The information comes from Twitter, blogs, magazines, books and from other people.

Darryl Propp

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