The Lastinger Center joined forces with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL),  to offer a professional training program that will prepare early childhood educators throughout Georgia to lead communities of practice among their peers.

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Professional Learning Communities are a collective learning process that involves the acquisition of new knowledge and contextualizes current understandings. Educators co-construct knowledge as they study educational practice and student performance. The learning moves from the individual to the group, new knowledge is distributed among participants who are transformed through their own actions and those of other participants. This collaborative initiative will prepare participants to:

Develop a conceptual and practical understanding of professional learning communities.
Learn how to facilitate protocols focused on analyzing student and teacher data.
Design and implement a plan to facilitate a professional learning community.
Learn to facilitate protocols for engaging in reflective conversations based on a variety of contexts.
Define conversational structures within a collaborative setting that support and enhance the work of educators and improve teaching and learning.