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Online Professional Development Through Virtual Learning Communities

1st Edition

Sonja Hollins-Alexander
eISBN-13: 9781452276687

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Powerful collaborative learning—anytime, anyplace!


Online learning seems like a perfect solution for cost-conscious districts and busy teachers, but can these programs also deliver high-caliber professional learning? Using one district’s success story as a model, this timely book shows you how to combine well-designed online instruction with the energy of peer-to-peer collaboration. At the heart of this book is a model that supports powerful professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for every student.


Sonja Hollins-Alexander writes from her own experience building a successful online professional development (PD) program for a large urban district. Readers will find

Research-based support for online PD and the author’s original Learner-Learner model
A thorough planning guide and ten action steps for program development
Best practices for managing staffing and resources
Strategies for establishing a true community of learners online

Discover how to create a sustainable online PD program that promotes collaboration and growth!



"This book provides district and school leaders with a practical guide to shifting professional learning from more traditional ‘sit and get’ models to technology-enhanced models that foster collaboration and co-creation."

—Catherine Huber, Principal

Northwood Elementary, West Seneca, NY



Watch Sonja Hollins-Alexander′s webinar, Professional Learning Through Virtual Communities, hosted by Learning Forward

Sold By SAGE Publications
ISBNs 9781452276663, 9781452276663, 9781452276687, 1452276684
Language English
Number of Pages 120
Edition 1st