Welcome to the Alta Professional Learning Community Wikispace

"Quality teaching requires strong professional learning communities. Collegial interchange, not isolation, must become the norm for teachers. Communities of learning can no longer be considered utopian; they must become the building blocks that establish a new foundation for America's schools." ---National Cammission on Teaching, 2003, p. 17

According to Richard DuFour, there are important questions to ask when a new school reform is being introduced. What are the "big ideas" that represent the core principles of professional learning communities? How do these principles guide schools' efforts to sustain the professional learning community model until it becomes deeply embedded in the culture of the school?

BIG IDEA #1---Ensuring that Students Learn

BIG IDEA #2---A Culture of Collaboration

BIG IDEA #3---A Focus on Results

When you get a minute, open the following document to find some information about action research and some helpful reminders.