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Discuss the role of learning communities as a professional development tool to move teachers from knowledge to action in using formative assessments to improve student performance. Teachers tend to work in isolation, usually hesitant to consider evaluating and changing their practices once they reached “veteran” status. This could be due to many reasons such as seeing a change as a burden, as an additional task being added to all the things that they have to do, and skepticism over educational fads or trends. The role of the learning communities is a small-based group where each teacher creates a plan for what they want to change in their classroom; these groups meet regularly to support each other carrying out and redesigning their plans (William, 2007-2008). Professional learning communities as professional development tool seems to be the most effective method for changing day-to-day practices, particularly with formative assessment (William, 2007-2008). Using PLC as a professional development could help teachers and students. PLC is what we have been using at my school. It’s a way that teachers can come together to get common assessments, compare the results, and change what is not working. There are many challenges and different policies that the focus is student achievement, but the evidence to date is that none of these have had a large effect (William, 2007- 2008). Teachers and districts have a lot on their plates, but there is a need to find a great tool for the student achievement. Teachers think that assessment is the same as
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