School operations

Professional Learning Communities

10 Principles of effective professional learning communities

Found in all effective professional learning communities are 10 principles that bring together the best available research on school improvement:

  1. Student learning focus – school improvement starts with an unwavering focus on student learning
  2. Collective responsibility – for every child to achieve, every adult must take responsibility for their learning
  3. Instructional leadership – effective school leaders focus on teaching and learning
  4. Collective efficacy – teachers make better instructional decisions together
  5. Adult learning – teachers learn best with others, on the job
  6. Privileged time – effective schools provide time and forums for teacher conversations about student learning
  7. Continuous improvement – effective teams improve through recurring cycles of diagnosing student learning needs, and planning, implementing and evaluating teaching responses to them
  8. Evidence driven – effective professional learning and practice are evidence-based and data-driven
  9. System focus – the most effective school leaders contribute to the success of other schools
  10. Integrated regional support – schools in improving systems are supported by teams of experts who know the communities they work in
Lists 10 principles of effective professional learning communities

Reviewed 12 September 2023

Was this page helpful?