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The Wallace Foundation’s Education Leadership Professional Learning Communities

A Case Study

Coming together in a formal “learning community” helped Wallace education grantees gain expertise and spread ideas, a case study finds.
April 2012
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Education leaders in breakout groups in discussion amongst themselves.
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  • New York University’s Research Center for Leadership in Action
Page Count 14 pages


The idea behind a “learning community” is simple: Periodically bring together grantees working on similar problems so they can learn from one another. This publication, examining a learning community set up by Wallace for its education leadership work, is one of six case studies. Recommendations include making sure the group’s purpose is clear and inviting outside experts to take part.

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