Written by Mark Langley — The author describes classroom discussion as a powerful tool for creating learning communities in which students are truly “active learners.”
Do Professional Learning Communities Help to Sustain Educational Initiatives?
Written by Hélène l. Bickford, MEd — This article looks at the role of professional learning communities in educational sustainability through a limited review of the current literature.
Empowering Professionals: A Leadership Perspective
Written by John W. Billings — The author emphasizes the positive effects that instructional leaders can have when they encourage teacher empowerment, collaboration, and trust.
Creating Community Online
Written by Stacey Curdie — An online instructor reflects on the formation of virtual communities of learners, where students feel both connected and empowered.
Addressing the Isolation of Low-Incidence ELL Settings Through Professional Learning Communities
Written by James Whiting — The author describes what happens when ELL teachers in low-incidence settings address professional isolation through the development of learning communities online.
A Study of Student Satisfaction with Online, Blended, and Face-to-Face Classroom Interactions in a Graduate Studies Learning Community
Written by Kevin Johnson and Carlton Fitzgerald — This article reviews a study developed to measure student satisfaction with online, blended, and face-to-face components in graduate study classes.
Wentworth Elementary School: One School’s Journey to Excellence
Written by Keith Charpentier — A principal shares the story of a successful learning community in practice.
The Intervention Block
Written by Pamela Campbell — The author describes the efforts of one professional learning community that created an intervention block to meet the needs of learners.
Finding the Courage to Teach
Written by Heather Krill, David LaBrie, and Kristie Morris — Educators participating in Parker Palmer’s Courage to Teach program reflect on its impact and share research relating their professional development of professional learning communities.
Creating Learning Communities In and Out of the Classroom
Written by Suzanne Cohoon and Amanda Greene — Undergraduate education majors share their experiences in a university cohort model that promotes the development of professional learning communities.