Using professional learning communities to bolster comprehension instruction

Katherine A.Dougherty Stahl

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High-level comprehension instruction is the focus of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. However, it has been a challenge for states to provide the professional development (PD) needed to support teachers - implementation of the CCSS. Professional learning communities (PLC) are a means of providing school-embedded PD to meet these needs. This article provides suggestions for using The Reading Teacher's Research into Practice columns as a springboard for implementing a PLC model of PD. First, the structure of PLC sessions is reviewed. This is followed by a description of the key ideas, suggested readings, and PLC tasks for enhancing comprehension instruction within each of three elementary grade level bands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-333
Number of pages7
JournalReading Teacher
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Childhood
  • Comprehension
  • Early childhood
  • Policy
  • Professional development
  • School based
  • Teacher education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Pharmacology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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