Professional Learning Communities for Science Teaching

As a gift with purchase at the NSTA Summer Institute on PLCs in Science, all participants were given a copy of Professional Learning Communities for Science Teaching: Lessons from Research and Practice. This looks like an excellent resource (I have yet to give it a thorough read) and you can download a sample chapter, view the table of contents, and order a copy by clicking on the link. The book is composed of chapters, written by science education leaders, describing a variety of projects intended to support PLCs in science.

Application for Science Teachers: Classroom teachers and teacher leaders new to the idea of a PLC may find this book useful as an introduction. Those teachers with some PLC experience will find examples of how different regions have facilitated and sustained effective science PLCs. Administrators, district leaders, PD providers, and others may find this resource useful as we consider the most effective systems for supporting PLCs.

I will revisit this resource as I spend more time with it and learn more from the authors this week.

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