I've spent the past 10 years working as a teacher in a professional learning community and the last 7 years as a professional development provider supporting schools making the transition to highly collaborative environments where teachers work together to relentlessly question their practice in service of student learning. Almost universally, teachers are open to the idea of collaboration. The question I get asked time and again, though, is, "What exactly are we supposed to be DOING in our team meetings?"
That's why I created this document.
Broken down into sections organized by the four key questions that guide PLCs -- What do we want students to know and be able to do? How are we going to assess student progress towards mastering important outcomes? What will we do for students who need remediation? How will we provide enrichment for students ready to move on? -- it details the kinds of specific ACTIONS that teams take when working together, bringing clarity to collaboration that is sometimes missing.
Principals and team leaders can use the document like a checklist to evaluate the overall health of a learning team and to make suggestions for moving individual learning teams forward. Members of learning teams can used the document to identify the kinds of collaborative tasks that they are already tackling and that they are ready to tackle next.
The preview version of this document is an uneditable PDF. The for purchase version is a Word Doc that you can customize to meet your needs.