Professional Learning Communities


Professional Learning Communities are mutually beneficial partnerships between ASU and the school systems in the Public School Partnership who work together collaboratively toward common goals, issues and concerns related to teaching, learning and preparing teachers. 

Value of Professional Learning Communities from University Perspective

  1. Provides insights and knowledge about the types of students they will be teaching in the future.

  2. Allows faculty in the largely theoretical world to see how their disciplinary concepts are translated into educational goals and implemented at the school level.

  3. Provides faculty development, research and service opportunities.

Value of Professional Learning Communities from the Public School Perspective

  1. Allows teachers to obtain updates on local, state and national content information.

  2. Provides opportunities to discuss curriculum issues and learn more about content areas.

  3. Provides professional development opportunities.

  4. Gives other teachers and supervisors in their districts information

  5. Allows for input into the teacher education curriculum at the university

Value of Professional Learning Communities from both Perspectives

  1. Brings teachers and university faculty together in a setting where both parties meet as equals.

  2. Crosses the imaginary boundary between teachers and university faculty.

  3. Allows for collaboration between schools and college faculty.

  4. Provides sharing of resources, opportunities and concerns.

  5. Provides opportunities for both university professors and public school teachers to understand what is needed for teacher preparation.