These professional learning materials are designed for use in professional learning communities (PLCs). The videos, powerpoint presentations and print documents for educators support the continuous improvement of teacher and school leader practices in schools. New Jersey educators may access these materials for use in school-wide, district-wide or team-based professional learning experiences, as well as in regional PLC networks.
TUNING PROTOCOLS – Download videos and materials by Lois Brown Easton
Workshop A: Examining Student Work
Workshop B: Analyzing Assignments
These two videos feature Lois Brown Easton, a national expert in PLC teaming processes, presenting two workshops on tuning protocols. She outlines the step-by-step procedures used by collaborative teams to refine vital components of effective instruction. Each 50-minute video is an abridged version of a full-day workshop led by Easton in 2011 for PLC teams in New Jersey. PLC teams and/or whole faculties can use the videos in whole or part to enhance the work of teams focused on student learning.
Schools as Collaborative Learning Communities: Getting Results
presented by Stephen Barkley, Vice President of Performance Learning Systems, Inc. and international school reform consultant specializing in development of PLCs
Celebrating Our Strengths and Confronting Our Challenges
presented by Douglas Reeves, founder of Leadership and Learning Center. Dr. Reeves, author of 30 books and many articles on leadership and organizational effectiveness, has twice been named to the Harvard University Distinguished Authors Series and is the recipient of numerous professional awards.
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School Professional Development Committees (SPDCs) and Local Professional Development Committees (LPDCs) should collaborate regularly to communicate a collective vision for professional development and support the planning process at both the school and district levels. The SPDCs and LPDC are encouraged to view the two guidance webinars jointly and have discussions related to the respective roles of school committees and district committees. It is also important to establish a mechanism for ongoing collaboration among schools, the LPDC and central office administrators. You may send questions related to your plans to TeachPD@doe.state.nj.us.
Webinar - March 23, 2011 - Feedback for Professional Development Planning: The Role of the County Professional Development Board [Powerpoint presentation]
Webinar - March 23, 2011 - Assessing Impact: Evaluating the Professional Development Plan, Part II [Powerpoint presentation]
Webinar - March 21, 2011 - Assessing Impact: Evaluating the Professional Development Plan [Powerpoint presentation]
Webinar - March 31, 2009 - Let’s Make It Happen Leadership Skills and Attitudes That Foster Learning Communities [Powerpoint presentation]
Webinar - February 3, 2009 - Building a Culture of School-Level Collaborations [Powerpoint presentation]
Webinar - October 29, 2008 - Changes to Professional Development Requirements for Teachers [Powerpoint presentation]