The title of this blog article is the premise of a recent article from Edutopia magazine. Instead of relying on individuals to save our schools, the article focuses on helping teachers create Professional Learning Communities (PLC) so that change can occur through communication and collaboration.
Creating communities was the reason I founded the PBISning last spring. This professional network and PLC is a place for individuals in school and at universities to come together to share ideas about implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. It’s true that there is a lot of research available about PBIS and even a professional organization, APBS.org, a national research center, PBIS.org, and a professional journal JPBI that focus on this behavior system. But the Ning is different. The Ning is a community. And the website is created and sustained by this community. It is not published, polished, or controlled by a board. The content comes from the members of the community. There is no fee to join and no membership dues to pay. People who contribute and comment and participate create the community that they want for themselves.
The article cited above from Edutopia really made sense to me. We keep looking for a hero or a magic potion that will change our schools or save our children. The truth is that there is no simple solution to complex problems. We have the knowledge and power to make the difference, but it takes a village.
Who or what is part of your learning community?
Where do you turn to ‘sharpen the saw’ as Steven Covey puts it?
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