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Collaborative Professionalism Across Cultures and Contexts: Cases of Professional Learning Networks Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Canada and Colombia

Professional Learning Networks: Facilitating Transformation in Diverse Contexts with Equity-seeking Communities

ISBN: 978-1-78769-894-9, eISBN: 978-1-78769-891-8

Publication date: 26 May 2020

Abstract

Educational inequities that are often systemic and the result of structural oppression persist in schools under/serving minoritized youth and communities. This chapter illustrates how professional learning networks (PLNs) and the practice of collaborative professionalism within them have served to support educators, positioned at multiple levels, in their effort to serve all children well, and especially those who are most marginalized. Collaborative professionalism emphasizes collective responsibility and student and teacher empowerment through PLNs. Further, the collaborative professionalism model incorporates elements of culture and context to ensure that collaborative efforts are responsive to the students and communities educators are purposed to partner with and serve. In this chapter, the authors highlight two such cases of collaborative professionalism through PLNs in Colombia and Ontario, Canada. These cases provide a model for how collaborative professionalism within PLNs can be utilized to enhance teaching and learning for all teachers and students across cultures and contexts, while attending explicitly to educational inequities.

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Washington, S.A. and O’Connor, M.T. (2020), "Collaborative Professionalism Across Cultures and Contexts: Cases of Professional Learning Networks Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Canada and Colombia", Schnellert, L. (Ed.) Professional Learning Networks: Facilitating Transformation in Diverse Contexts with Equity-seeking Communities (Emerald Professional Learning Networks Series), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 17-47. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78769-891-820201005

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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