Learning Communities

Standard: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for students occurs within learning communities committed to continuous improvement, collective responsibility and goal alignment.

“Professional learning within communities requires continuous improvement, promotes collective responsibility, and supports alignment of individual, team, school, and school system goals.  Learning communities convene regularly… to engage in collaborative professional learning to strengthen their practice and increase student results.  Learning community members are accountable to one another to achieve the shared goals of the school and school system and work in transparent, authentic settings that support their improvement.” (Standards for Professional Learning, Learning Forward, 2011, p.24)

To learn more about the Learning Forward website section on the Learning Communities standard (including a video by Shirley Hord, Scholar Laureate, featured practitioner, related articles), click here .

To read an article by Ann Lieberman and Lynne Miller on Learning Communities: The starting point for professional learning is in schools and classrooms. Journal of Staff Development, August, 2011, 32(4). Used with permission of Learning Forward, www.learningforward.org. All rights reserved.

Rocky View Schools

School based and divisional collaborative and collective inquiry aligned with RVS and provincial priorities is the most meaningful and effective professional learning.

RVS supports collaborative and collective inquiry through a number of professional learning opportunities and initiatives aligned with our vision and 3YP:

●      Communities of Practice (CoP) (reference: http://cofp.rockyview.ab.ca/)

●      AISI Cycle V (reference: http://blogs.rockyview.ab.ca/power-to-enrich/aisi)

●      Superintendent Working Communities

●      Administrative Leadership Programs

●      Support Staff Leading and Learning Program and

●      School Based professional learning communities.



Learning Forward. (2011). Standards for Professional Learning. Oxford, OH: Author

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