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Professional Learning Communities in the Expanded Learning Field

Afterschool professionals could gain knowledge and tips on professional learning communities in out-of-school time, thanks to Public Profit's Professional Learning Communities in the Expanded Learning Field resource.

Professional Learning Communities—PLCs—can improve staff members' practice by engaging adults in meaningful conversations about their work and encouraging them to practice new skills. Too often, however, organizations rely on short-term fixes, like brief workshops, to help professionals hone their craft.

This white paper offers an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of what characteristics make PLCs effective and lead to quality programming.

The paper has sparked a conversation about how to enhance supports for expanded learning professionals. Keep the conversation going by examining what research shows characterizes a successful Professional Learning Community in expanded learning.

Courtesy of NAA.