Building and Connecting Learning Communities : The Power of Networks for School Improvement

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-01
  • Publisher: Corwin Pr
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Networked learning communities: A powerful school improvement strategy for school leaders!Drawing on their work with schools throughout North America and England, the authors demonstrate how professional learning communities can link to create and share knowledge within Networked Learning Communities (NLCs). Through a sample school narrative, the book illustrates how NLCs can significantly improve instruction, increase student performance, and promote deep and sustained changes schoolwide. This resource examines: Collaborative inquiry as a process that challenges teachers' thinking, generates new learning, and fosters trusting relationships The development of formal and informal leadership roles in NLCs How NLCs support systematic data-based analysis and accountability

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Rationalep. vii
Our Approachp. viii
Organizationp. viii
Reading and Using This Bookp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
About the Authorsp. xiii
Why Networks? Why Now?p. 1
It's About Learningp. 2
Networks: A Powerful Organizational Toolp. 3
Time for Reflectionp. 5
How Networked Learning Communities Workp. 7
What Are Networked Learning Communities?p. 7
How NLCs Work: The Theory of Actionp. 9
Purpose and Focusp. 12
Relationshipsp. 12
Collaborationp. 13
Inquiryp. 13
Leadershipp. 14
Accountabilityp. 14
Building Capacity and Supportp. 15
Using NLCs to Focus Local PLCsp. 15
The Anatomy of an NLC: A Refined Theory of Actionp. 19
Key Enablers: Focus, Collaborative Inquiry, and Leadershipp. 19
Focused Professional Learning in Schoolsp. 21
Time for Reflectionp. 21
Establishing a Clear and Defensible Focusp. 23
Focus Foremostp. 24
Evidence-Based Focusp. 27
From a School Focus to a Network Focusp. 34
Time for Reflectionp. 37
Collaborative Inquiry to Challenge Thinking and Practicep. 39
The Importance of Relationshipsp. 39
From Inquiry to an Inquiry Habit of Mindp. 43
From Relationships to Deep Collaborationp. 44
Getting to Powerful Collaborative Inquiryp. 46
Time for Reflectionp. 49
Leadership in Networked Professional Learning Communitiesp. 51
Roles of Formal Leadersp. 51
Encouraging and Motivating Othersp. 53
Setting and Monitoring the Agendap. 54
Sharing Leadershipp. 57
Building Capacity and Providing Supportp. 58
Roles of Informal Leadersp. 59
What Is Informal Leadership?p. 61
The Interdependence of Informal and Formal Leadershipp. 62
Time for Reflectionp. 64
From Student Learning to Teacher Learningp. 65
Towards Focused Collaborative Inquiryp. 68
Collaborative Inquiry for Teacher Leadersp. 74
Within-School Focused Professional Learning: Collaborative Inquiry for Teachersp. 80
Time for Reflectionp. 84
Using the Network to Support Professional Learning for Leadersp. 85
Collaborative Inquiry and Focused Learning for Leadersp. 85
Using Critical Friends to Promote Inquiry and Focus Effortsp. 90
From Collaborative Inquiry to Instructional Leadership Actionsp. 99
Time for Reflectionp. 101
Sustaining Networked Learning Communitiesp. 103
Sustaining Collective Understandingp. 105
Sustaining Professional Learningp. 106
Sustaining and Broadening Leadershipp. 106
Sustaining Powerful NLCsp. 107
Time for Reflectionp. 109
Referencesp. 111
Indexp. 115
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