The foundation of a professional learning community is the three big ideas: a focus on learning, a collaborative culture and a focus on results. The knowledge and skills essential to the success of students has been articulated by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. In this keynote session from the 21st Century Learning Institute 12 October 2010, Richard DuFour asserts that traditional school culture is not designed to deliver those outcomes. For students to acquire essential skills, schools must organise into professional learning communities. In this culture educators collaborate, share best practices and integrate these skills into classroom practice. He discusses the fundamental characteristics of professional learning communities and explores the following topics:
- what we know about the world's best school systems
- what we know about effective professional development
- how to collaboratively develop strategies to teach 21st century skills
- how to develop a PLC culture by focusing on commitment to effectively change behaviour
This package includes a 71-minute DVD with the video session and a CD with materials to support team or individual professional learning, including the presenter's PowerPoint, an excerpt from the book 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn and relevant web links.