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The Professional Learning and Leadership Centre (PLLC) provides ongoing learning for teachers in Winnipeg School Division. Permanent employees are supported with a two-year induction program. These teachers are partnered with experienced WSD educators who are also supported by the Centre as they mentor their counterparts.
The PLLC will always evolve and adapt to fit the dynamic realities of urban education. Based on research into effective professional development and transformational education, the five foundational principles below underpin the work of the Centre.
The most lasting and most transformational learning that teachers gain comes from their work with students and other teachers. The Professional Learning and Leadership Centre creates intentional learning partnerships. Each partnership uses collaborative inquiry and reflection to guide each other’s practice. Some of the factors considered in forming the partnerships include:
Teacher needs, interests and expertise
Grade levels being taught
Sending and receiving schools
Teacher leadership and service to the profession
Assessment for Learning
Assessment for Learning is a term that describes a whole host of teaching and learning strategies which share the common goal of engaging students in learning that is important, lasting and ongoing. The Professional Learning and Leadership Centre provides learning opportunities to share and promote assessment for learning practices.
The Professional Learning and Leadership Centre advances a model of professional development that is rooted in, nourished by, and responsible to the classroom context. Release time is offered for teachers to investigate student learning in classroom, school, and community contexts.
Effective schools see themselves as essential to the development of their local community. In order to help schools realize this vision, the Professional Learning and Leadership Centre organizes and offers learning opportunities on aboriginal education, community engagement, poverty reduction, equity and social justice.
Effective teachers reflect on their practice and make purposeful changes based on evidence they receive from many sources. The Professional Learning and Leadership Centre provides experience with action research techniques in order to support critical reflection and change.