According to Newman (1994), a learning community consists of "school staff
members taking collective responsibility for a shared educational purpose, and
collaborating with one another to achieve that purpose" (p. 1).
Lockwood (1995) notes that in a learning community:
- Teachers collaborate and make shared decisions.
- Teachers work together on teams to develop interdisciplinary curricula.
- Teachers consider themselves active learners and participate in
professional development to refine their knowledge and teaching strategies.
- The principal functions less as an authoritative leader and more as a
partner connecting staff, parents, and the community.
- Students with diverse abilities and interests are grouped together.
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