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Professional Learning Communities A significant part of differentiated instruction implementation is created through professional development. Complete the "Creating and Sustaining a Professional Learning Community" checklist in Chapter 1 of Differentiated Instructional Strategies in Practice: Training, Implementation, and Supervision (2nd ed.). How many of the questions on this checklist are present in your current school or workplace? Based on the results of this checklist, identify and discuss in detail four activities that would create and sustain a professional learning community in your school or workplace. How many of the questions on this checklist are present in your current school or workplace? I would have to say 10 out of 12. Do teachers talk regularly about teaching and learning? Yes, we do I work for Head Start and there isn’t a day that we don’t talk amongst each other about teaching techniques such as what works and doesn’t work, and also work together implementing and creating our weekly lesson plans. Do teachers have the opportunity to observe each other’s teach? Yes, we have a parent intern for each lead teacher and also a teacher assistant and we all work together and help one another to reach our potential and our daily goals. Do teachers examine students work and solve problems collaboratively about the next steps in the learning process? Yes, we have monthly staff meetings and also within our own facility we meet on a weekly basis and talk about the problems or issues that have risen and acknowledge such issues and find ways to work around them and become problem solvers. Are there opportunities for book studies or action research facilitated by teachers or administrators? Yes, Head Start had mentioned that by next year 2013 that their teachers have BA or higher and assistant teacher have 36 hours of early childhood or higher. There are different tuition reimbursement programs and grants that help out the employees in reaching their educational goal.

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