Course Description

Credit Validation for DoDEA Educators Only

In the book Learning by Doing, Rick DuFour et al. outline and describe the process teams must engage in to work as professional learning communities (PLCs). In this course, participants will conduct an in depth study of PLCs through reading Learning by Doing. Participants will facilitate a team as they engage in the work of professional learning communities. Participants will learn how to build a successful foundation for team collaboration, develop common assessments, plan as a collaborative team, and use data from common assessments to meet the needs of all students.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for DoDEA educators.

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What You Will Learn

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the research supporting the use of professional learning communities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the three big ideas and four critical questions of professional learning communities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the inquiry cycle undergone by professional learning communities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the work of professional learning communities through the design and development of plans for facilitating professional learning communities
  • Learn and apply effective facilitation techniques for leading a team engaging in the professional learning inquiry cycle
  • Incorporate an intentional review and evaluation system within their PLC facilitation to assess the effectiveness of the PLC facilitation


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

Key Benefits of Credit Validation Courses

Make Your Work Count

Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

Advance Faster

Save money by earning credit for work you completed and get one step closer to salary advancement.

Work Towards a Degree

Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.