Great leaders produce great schools. We work with educational leaders at all levels to build their capacity and skills to plan and support continuous improvement, communicate goals and expectations, build staff capacity and morale, motivate others to action, allocate resources, and evaluate results. We also work with policymakers, state education agency staff, superintendents, principals, and other experts in the field to increase knowledge about the role of effective leaders.
SEDL Insights: Implementing Effective Professional Learning Communities
The term “professional learning communities” (PLCs) has become so overused that we often don’t think about its meaning. Only when teachers reflect on their instructional practice, consider the impact instruction has on students, and implement insights gained from a meeting to improve their teaching performance, can this process be called a professional learning community. This issue of SEDL Insights explores ways that education leaders can guide their staff in the implementation of effective PLCs. Read more
Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC): The SECC provides professional development and technical assistance to the state education agencies of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina to build their capacity to support districts and schools engaged in improvement efforts. This includes knowledge sharing that informs decisions regarding the revision of teacher and leader evaluation policy and procedures, professional learning offerings for traditional and charter school leaders, and more. Work varies by state.
Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC): The TXCC provides professional development and technical assistance to the Texas Education Agency and the state’s 20 regional education service centers to build their capacity to support districts and schools engaged in improvement efforts, including support for leadership.
Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest: The REL Southwest assists the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas in using data and research evidence to address high-priority education needs in the region. The project addresses education leadership through several of its research alliances. For example, the Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance seeks to use data and research evidence to inform the design, implementation, and evaluation of educator effectiveness initiatives and policies across the REL Southwest region, with an initial focus on Texas.
Center for High-Performing Schools: Through this Center, SEDL builds the capacity of district and school leaders to plan, implement, evaluate, and sustain improvement efforts, including initiatives.
- Fort Worth Independent School District: In Texas, SEDL has been providing training and support for the implementation of professional learning communities in Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD). Center staff provided ongoing training for district network leaders, network specialists, principals, teacher leaders and curriculum staff in using PLCs as a continuous improvement approach. Staff have also provided training and coaching at 12 schools in FWISD to support the implementation of PLCs at these schools.
Race to the Top Reform Support Network: SEDL worked with ICF International and other partners to advance education innovation and reform. The work involved assisting with Communities of Practice addressing stakeholder engagement, school turnaround, and teacher and leader effectiveness
Southeast Comprehensive Center (2005–2012): The Southeast Comprehensive Center provided technical assistance and professional development to the state education agencies of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina to build their capacity to support districts and schools engaged in improvement efforts, including support for leadership. Work varied by state. For example, staff provided Louisiana’s Distinguished Educators, who support leaders at schools in need of improvement, with training on the Concerns-Based Adoption Model.
Texas Comprehensive Center (2005–2012): The Texas Comprehensive Center provided technical assistance and professional development to the Texas Education Agency and the state’s 20 regional education service centers (ESCs) to build their capacity to support districts and schools engaged in improvement efforts, including support for leadership. For example, staff provided ESC staff with professional development to help district and school leaders adopt practices shown to promote and sustain systemic school improvement.
Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) (2000–2006): SEDL’s past REL work included examining the role of leaders in the school improvement process and in building professional learning communities. REL staff also developed tools and training to improve the skills of education leaders.
Education Leaders Fellowship Program: This program offered administrators and teacher leaders summer training opportunities to learn research-based strategies and skills for leading their schools and districts to success.