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Virtual PLCs at Work®

A Guide to Effectively Implementing Online and Hybrid Teaching and Learning

Explore an abundance of tools, tips, and best practices for remote teacher collaboration in virtual professional learning communities. Learn how to implement online professional learning communities in a way that maintains the power of the PLC process to ensure learning for all.

Benefits

  • Receive an overview of the PLC process and understand how all educators fit into it.
  • Learn how to implement each step of the PLC process virtually.
  • Address the four pillars of a PLC—mission, vision, values, and goals—in a virtual context.
  • Develop and maintain an ideal school culture in a virtual environment with online teacher communities.
  • Acquire strategies to strengthen every student’s virtual or blended learning experience with the PLC process.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: An Unprecedented Shift in Teaching and Learning
Chapter 1: The Three Big Ideas
Chapter 2: The Foundational Elements
Chapter 3: Creation and Maintenance of a PLC Culture in a Virtual Environment
Chapter 4: Teacher Collaboration in a Virtual PLC
Chapter 5: Assessment, Intervention, and Enrichment in a Virtual PLC
Chapter 6: Leadership in a Virtual Environment
Epilogue
Appendix

STUDY GUIDE

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Introduction

Chapter 2

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Appendix

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