ELS 604: Leadership in Professional Learning Communities


ELS 604 is an introduction to the study of professional learning communities and collaborative leadership roles intended to bring about significant school changes that contribute to all students’ learning at high levels.

Major Course Objectives:

The purpose of this course is to expand understanding of leadership as a critical element in professional learning communities (PLCs) that ground the concept of teacher leadership. Students will examine the characteristics, attributes and structures of professional earning communities, discuss effective strategies for creating and embedding PLCs into collaborative cultures examine the roles of teacher leaders in sustaining collaborative cultures and professional learning over time, review effective strategies for bringing about significant school change that contributes to all students learning at high levels and apply PLC concepts in practice. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to:

  • Understand how teacher leadership has emerged over the past decades in response to educational reforms;
  • Understand the nature of shared leadership in PLCs;
  • Understand the characteristics of PLCs;
  • Understand strategies that may be used to embed PLCs in school cultures;
  • Understand the roles of teacher leaders working in collaborative cultures and how they can help create and sustain a learning community over time;
  • Understand effective strategies used by collaborative leaders to ensure that all students learn at high levels with emphasis on coherent alignment of instructional priorities, building capacities; planning; data analysis; resource allocation; monitoring; and communicating with stakeholders.