A learning community is a group of people who share common values and beliefs, are actively engaged in learning together from each other.
Learning communities have become an increasingly common approach to connecting early childhood students in person or virtually to support the attainment of knowledge, course credits or the completion of an educational benchmark like an Associates degree.
Learning communities are also used to bring together professionals in one setting, from different sectors of the field, to connect faculty and students, and to link funders and grantees to support learning.
Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
PLCs offer participants…
- supportive and shared leadership,
- collective creativity,
- shared values and vision,
- supportive conditions, and
- shared personal practice.
PLCs may be formed by following these steps:
- Step 1: Determine Readiness.
- Step 2: Consider the Use of Facilitator.
- Step 3: Identify Barriers and Boosters.
- Step 4: Begin with the Learning.
- Step 5: Create a Theory of Change.
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