‘What it Means to Be a Professional Learning Community’ Seminar to be Held Jan. 25

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Jan. 18, 2008 – The Professional Learning Communities Southeast Center and the Southeast Regional Professional Development Center will host a seminar, “What It Means to Be a Professional Learning Community” Jan. 25 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The seminar is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

The seminar will be lead by Dr. Robert Eaker, former executive vice president, provost and dean of the College of Education at Middle Tennessee State University.

Eaker has written widely on the issues of effective teaching, effective schools, the use of research results as an essential teaching tool, and high expectations for student achievement. He has been cited by Phi Delta Kappa as one of the nation’s leaders in helping public school educators translate research into practice.

He has contributed to several influential publications on the topic of Professional Learning Communities including “Professional Learning Communities at Work: Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement;” “Getting Started: Re-culturing Schools to Become Professional Learning Communities;” “Whatever It Takes: How a Professional Learning Community Responds When Kids Don’t Learn;” and “Learning By Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work.”

Currently, Eaker teaches graduate courses in the College of Education at Middle Tennessee State University.

Members of the Southeast Missouri Professional Learning Communities Project say this is an amazing opportunity for area educators to hear directly from such a powerful and motivating speaker on the topic of Professional Learning Communities and school improvement.

The seminar is free to Professional Learning Communities project schools in either the first, second or third year training cycle. The cost is $40 for Southeast Regional Professional Development Center Consortia members and $75 for non-members. A continental breakfast and luncheon will be provided. For more information, call the Southeast Regional Professional Development Center at (573) 651-5161.