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Professional Learning Communities at Work™ and Virtual Collaboration

Professional Learning Communities are being recognized as one of the most effective strategies for sustained, substantive school improvement. Learn more to harness the power of this tool.

NEA Members Can Download a Sample of New Book.

Educators interested in learning how to transform teaching and learning with technology can take advantage of two NEA-supported resources.

In Professional Learning Communities at Work™ and Virtual Collaboration, authors Richard DuFour and Casey Reason outline how to use virtual collaboration to support the PLC at Work™ process—which is increasingly recognized as the most powerful strategy for sustained, substantive school improvement. The book offers educators practical, research-based strategies they can use daily to meet contemporary challenges and reach sustained levels of deeper learning.

The authors worked with NEA members throughout the United States in writing the book, which outlines the steps educators can take to build their own virtual, professional community of practice.

“PLCs make a real difference in today’s schools, and the elements of time and collaboration can be imagined differently with the innovative use of virtual connectivity,” says Barbara J. Hopkins, senior program specialist, NEA Professional Practice Communities. “This amazing resource outlines the utilization of innovative technologies, virtual collaboration, and powerful tools to help educators become more efficient and effective in working with PLCs.”

NEA offers its own Professional Learning Community, edCommunities, to allow educators to engage in virtual collaboration with colleagues, find classroom-ready resources and instructional materials, receive updates on education news, and expand professional development opportunities with virtual learning events. The resource is free and open to all, but requires signing up.

Both resources are available today.

  • To learn more about how PLCs can benefit their work, NEA members can download a sample chapter of  Professional Learning Communities at Work and Virtual Collaboration. The book can be purchased at Solution Tree.
  • To join a PLC and begin seeing the benefits, educators can become an edCommunities member by signing up here.


NEA's edCommunities is a place where teachers, parents, school support professionals, and community members share ideas and resources to improve student success. It is free and open to all!

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