An Exercise in Collaboration: Professional Learning Communities Offer Opportunities

American School Board Journal



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In 1999, the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation in Murray Hill, N.J., funded a multi-year initiative to foster professional learning communities in four school districts nationally. The foundation knew that sustained commitment, external consulting support, and in-depth documentation would be necessary to make the PLCs successful.
With the help of the Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), a Boston-based philanthropic consulting and management group, the foundation developed school-based learning community efforts in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Broward County, Florida; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Seattle, Washington.



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