Education partners to explore professional learning communities

    DARTMOUTH, NS, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - The Nova Scotia School Boards Association
(NSSBA), in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Education, is
hosting a symposium, Professional Learning Communities: Building on a
Successful Past, November 28-30 at the Delta Halifax Hotel.
    Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are a powerful approach to staff
development with the main goal of improving student achievement and learning
opportunities. Research has shown there are big benefits for students in
schools where PLCs thrive. These include greater academic gains, a decreased
dropout rate and reduced absenteeism.
    Dr. Jim Gunn, a renowned Nova Scotia educator, will provide a keynote
presentation on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. Over the next two days, he will
guide the delegates through a variety of small and large group learning
sessions. A total of 10 school success stories where PLCs are making a
difference will be featured. NSSBA president Elliott Payzant says, "It's our
goal that when delegates leave the event on Friday they will have a solid
understanding of Professional Learning Communities - what they are, why they
are important, and what we need to do to nurture them." The NSSBA strongly
supports the development of PLCs and has included this approach as part of the
association's Five-Point Action Plan for education.
    Registration for the symposium is $125. Interested persons can register,
space permitting, by visiting and following the link to
Professional Learning Communities.

    The NSSBA is the provincial voice for school boards, representing
approximately 135,000 students. The association has been serving school boards
since 1954.

For further information:

For further information: Elliott Payzant, president, NSSBA, (902)
682-2662 (H); (902) 541-0116 (cell); Sharon Findlay-MacPhee, communications
manager, NSSBA, (902) 491-2856 (W), (902) 221-6881(cell)

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