This week The Teacher College Record
published on-line a contribution by Dr. Brad Ermeling asking a critical question: Are too many professional learning communities leaving teaching behind. Here’s the abstract of his article, The Common Core State Standards have potential to improve student learning but are arriving with a questionable assumption: common standards plus increasing accountability pressures will translate into improved practice and achievement. Standards define where students need to be; accountability systems document where they are. Educators are supposed to discover ways to close the gap. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) could play a pivotal role in closing this gap, but not unless we re-conceptualize their structure and content to include meaningful reflection on instruction and provide teachers with a roadmap to productively guide collaborative work around the CCSS.
For a copy of Brad’s article click here.