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Teacher Leadership in Professional Learning Communities

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Extend your scope of influence from working with peers to engaging stakeholders throughout the greater school community. In this graduate-level course, you will have the opportunity to learn the processes, benefits, and challenges of building and working in professional learning communities. Identify issues and address problems that affect student learning and achievement, and expand your position as a teacher-leader in your own learning community.

Teaching Tangibles
Explore the impact of learning communities on the role of teachers.
Analyze the relationship between learning communities and teacher leadership opportunities.
Examine your school’s stages of learning-community development.
Discover how incorporating learning communities changes school culture.
Evaluate the role of online learning communities in facilitating collaboration and professional development.


Oct 16, 2020


Education (K-12)





Credits / Hours

3 semester hours

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Linda Darling-Hammond, Ed.D.

Dr. Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, where she serves as principal investigator for the School Redesign Network and is a director of the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute. She was the founding executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, which produced the widely cited 1996 blueprint for education reform, What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future. Dr. Darling-Hammond’s work focuses on educational policy, teaching and teacher education, school restructuring, and educational equity. Among her more than 200 publications is The Right To Learn, which received the 1998 Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association, and (as co-editor) Teaching as the Learning Profession: A Handbook of Policy and Practice, which was awarded the National Staff Development Council’s Outstanding Book Award in 2000.

Richard DuFour, Ed.D.

Dr. DuFour was a public school educator for 34 years. He was principal of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, from 1983 to 1991, and superintendent of the district from 1991 to 2002. During his tenure, Stevenson became "the most recognized and celebrated high school in the United States," according to the U.S. Department of Education. Stevenson has been repeatedly cited in the popular press as one of America’s best schools and referenced in professional literature as an exemplar of best practices in education. Dr. DuFour has consulted with school districts, state departments, and professional organizations throughout North America on strategies for improving schools. He is the author/coauthor of six books, including Whatever It Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don’t Learn.

Linda Lambert, Ed.D.

Dr. Lambert is professor emeritus at California State University, Hayward, and president of Lambert Leadership Development. She has served as a teacher, principal, district director, and coordinator of leadership academies. Dr. Lambert is the author of The Constructivist Leader, Who Will Save Our Schools?, and Building Leadership Capacity in Schools. Her major research areas involve constructivist leadership, leadership capacity, teacher leadership, school and system improvement, and women in leadership.

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