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Nuts and Bolts of PLCs
Al Bertani (RAPPS Instructional Team)  discusses the structural as well as human resource conditions needed to build strong professional learning communities.

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Journal Articles

Starting a PLC in a Small School 
Learn how Koliganek School in Southwest Region School District handled the challenges of building a PLC in a rural, small school setting.Video clips
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Festival of Ideas Summary


Growing Your PLC
Learn job-embedded strategies for growing and sustaining your PLC:  study groups, examining student work, coaching, and action research.  Five webinars presented by Al Bertani (RAPPS Instructional Team).

Webinar Recordings
Journal Articles

Transforming Your Administrative Meetings into a PLC
How should district leaders make the best use of the limited time that principals spend together? LKSD turned their "sit-and-get" administrative meetings into PLC teams--and found that they started getting more meaningful work accomplished.

Video clips
PowerPoint
Festival of Ideas Summary

Place-Based Education:
A PLC at Work

Russian Mission School (LYSD) uses a PLC to develop  place-based activities. Find out how teachers and community members move the classroom outside to learn from each other.

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Festival of Ideas Summary

Processes and Protocols for Learning Teams

At the 2011 Alaska School Leadership Institute Julia Payne-Lewis (RAPPS Instructional Team)  provided protocols for implementing and supporting the effective use of PLCs.  Explore these tools for moving teacher learning forward.

Journal Articles
Protocols