A recipe for the cookbook

Want to take PLCs to the next level?

In Stage 1, Aaron, Asim, Katie, and many other educators shared the importance of collaborating with colleagues to reflect on and apply lessons from PD Video. In Stage 2, Elaine, Jessica, and Rachel shared ideas to use video to improve collaboration with colleagues. Check out how they're bringing these ideas to life to transform collaborative PD.

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Jessica C

Vista Peak P 8 Exploratory


- Observation/Feedback protocols
- Basic video equipment (camera, mic, etc.)
- Online space to share/house videos:
● YouTube private channel
● Shared/private G+ community
● Google apps - Google hangouts for livestream visits


- Cohort of teachers who exhibit (or are willing to develop) a growth mindset and demonstrate vulnerability by sharing their practice and hosting/visiting others
- Facilitator(s) - (Could be a coach, colleague, etc.)
- Release time/sub coverage for live visits


- Principal support
- Media release/safe environment to visit/videotape that is mindful of community’s goals and privacy considerations
- Clear/collaborative norms (co-created by group)

The Learning Lab

Problem Statement & Description

Emerging teacher leaders and experienced educators have a problem with accessing differentiated, meaningful, authentic and job-embedded professional learning opportunities. Learning lab classrooms and reciprocal visits solves that problem by creating a process where teachers explore, refine, revise and develop their practice.

How To


Establish the community’s goals and privacy considerations


Practice getting comfortable on camera and being vulnerable/sharing practice by videoing short clips, analyzing clips (independently, in collaboration with students/colleagues, etc.)


Upload video clip(s), artifacts (student work/lesson materials), and/or livestream recording of class for feedback via virtual (or live) protocol. (Note: Protocol samples available)


Repeat process several times to grow practice/confidence.Teachers receive feedback after each repeat.


Reciprocally visit others (by viewing videos, live streaming and/or face-to-face) to provide colleagues with feedback and support them in replicating reflection process in own classroom.


Grow learning labs across grade levels/content areas/schools and district - initial Learning Lab community provides feedback and tips to new Learning Labs to facilitate a smoother roll-out.


Scale state/nationwide and reform professional learning as teachers learning from other teachers via video analysis, live stream or real time visits.

Evidence to know we're on the right track

We’ll know the test is successful when classroom practice across a school/district is de-privatized and teachers and students experience growth as a result of increased feedback, reflection and transparency.

Protips for Practical Problem Solving

1. Start with a “coalition of the willing” before scaling up (ex: author is starting with 20 teachers who are self-selecting into work across school district)
2. The more practice/cycles the better to increase confidence, vet protocols and refine process
3. Honor norms/process for growth/development of individual and collective practice NOT evaluation -- allow teachers to determine what/how/if work (artifacts and clips) will be shared!


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