Educational researchers, policy-makers and practitioners are increasingly focusing their attention on Professional Learning Networks in order to facilitate teacher development and encourage school and school system improvement. However, despite the understanding that PLNs can contribute significantly to improving teaching practice and student achievement, there are key challenges regarding their use. These challenges include:
In this new edited volume, Brown and Poortman evaluate these challenges from both a theoretical and practical approach. A multitude of perspectives from a team of international contributors covers:
Also featuring case studies and exemplars to contextualise sustainable learning networks, Networks For Learning is an accessible and thoroughly-researched book, which will be essential reading and a valuable resource for researchers, teachers and school leaders who are interested in developing professional learning networks.
List of Contributors Acknowledgements Foreword Introduction 1. The importance of professional learning networksCindy L. Poortman, Chris Brown 2. Balancing top-down and shared leadership: a case study of a Teacher Design Team in transition to a new approach Floor Binkhorst 3. Research Learning Networks - a case study in using networks to increase knowledge mobilization at scale Chris Brown 4. Developing Communities of Pedagogical Inquiry in British Columbia Leyton Schnellert, Paige Fisher, Kathy Sanford 5. From data to learning: a data team professional learning network Kim Schildkamp, Jaana Nehez, Ulf Blossing 6. Austria’s Lerndesigner Network: the Dynamics of Virtual Professional Learning in Interschool Networks Livia Roessler, Tanja Westfall-Greiter 7. A professional learning network for the entire local education system – educational landscapes in Germany Pierre Tulowitzki, Anika Duveneck, Michael Krüger 8. A lesson study professional learning network in secondary educationSiebrich de Vries, Rilana Prenger 9. Learning networks for sustainable literacy achievementMei Kuin Lai, Stuart McNaughton 10. Getting Beneath the Surface: Examining the Social Side of Professional Learning Networks Joelle Rodway 11. Establishing Sustainable School Improvement through Professional Learning Networks Mireille D. Hubers, Cindy L. Poortman 12. Looking Back and Moving Forward: where to Next for Networks of Learning? Alan J. Daly, Louise Stoll