Learning Circles is designed for groups of three or more individuals who would like to get together to discuss a quality book, with the purpose of improving professional practice. The courses are based on a book chosen by participants using the guidelines and rubric provided in the syllabus. This program is ideal for after-school planning, grade-level meetings, book clubs, or other venues that encourage meaningful professional discussions.
Introduction and General Requirements
Learning Circle courses are project-based courses that allow participants to work with friends or colleagues to research and discuss a topic and develop an action plan based on the group’s finding.
Learning Circle courses are:
- Designed for groups of three or more individuals who would like to get together and discuss a quality book with the purpose of improving professional practice.
- Based on a book chosen by participants using the guidelines and rubric provided in the syllabus
- Ideal for after-school planning, grade-level meetings, book clubs, or other venues that encourage meaningful professional conversations.
- EDIU 9124 Learning Circles: Professional Conversations for Change
- This course is designed to meet the needs of administrators, staff developers, or groups of teachers who wish to examine current practice based on a mutually agreed upon book that would respond to a common need at their schools/districts. In this course, reflection and discussion will lead to creation of an Action Plan. A detailed syllabus provides the structure to help the group reach its goals in a timely and orderly manner.
- EDIU 9125 Learning Circles: Practical Applications
- This course is designed so participants can review the Action Plan created in ED/D 9124 and evaluate it in a systematic manner. Group members will continue to meet and work together, but the focus will not be so much on exploring existing research as on creating new research. Based on the action research model, this course will guide the group through the process of determining what really works and what doesn’t. It’s an empowering process that can bring satisfying results.