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Online Professional Development Through Virtual Learning Communities


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Preface: The Evolution of a Design Acknowledgments About the Author About the Contributors 1. The Learner-Learner Model 2. Getting It Started: A Planning Guide 3. 10 Action Steps to an Online Virtual Learning Community 4. The Process: Transitioning a Face-to-Face Professional Learning Community to an Online Virtual Learning Community 5. Getting It Done: What Structures Support the Implementation of a Virtual Learning Community? 6. Building Capacity and Sustainability: School-Based Virtual Learning Cohorts 7. Pitfalls Don't Hold You Back 8. Summary: My Reflections References Index

About the Author

Dr. Sonja Hollins-Alexander has been in the field of education for 24 years with 18 of those being in educational leadership at the school, district and higher education levels. During this time, she has served as a school social worker, teacher, assistant principal, principal, coordinator, assistant director and director of professional learning, and chief of staff in two Metro Atlanta, GA school districts. She has served on numerous United Way non-profit boards in the community and most recently served as the affiliate board president for Learning Forward, GA. She currently serves on the National Affiliate Leadership Council for Learning Forward. Through her professional journey she has had experiences in Strategic Planning, Organizational Improvement, Policy Development, Stakeholder Communication and Engagement, Grant Writing, Instructional Design, Curriculum Development and Implementation, Facilitation of Adult Learning, Leadership Coaching, Conference Facilitation and Design, and served as a Quality Assurance Team Member for AdvancED. She is fully engaged in the development and use of Online Collaborative/Instructional Software. She is the author of Online Professional Development through Virtual Learning Communities, Corwin Press (2013). As the Director of Professional Learning for Corwin, Sonja is committed to partner engagement and the design and implementation of professional learning services that impact teaching and learning.


"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. Leaders charged with the work of transforming professional learning will benefit from this practical text." -- Catherine Huber, Principal
"As educators, we need to rethink our designs of teaching and learning in order to prepare our students for a more advanced technological future. Using a virtual PLC model for professional development directly aligns districts with the type of learning students should be involved in. I envision Online Professional Development Through Virtual Learning Communities as a pioneer, forging the way for virtual PLC's all over the world." -- Jennifer W. Ramamoorthi, Building Assistant

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