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How to … select the right participants to engage in RCLs

Chris Brown gives guidance on how to identify change leaders and opinion formers to facilitate the RLC process.
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Research Learning Communities are groups of teachers who come together to engage with research in order to enhance both their practice and also the practice of their colleagues. Each RLC typically comprises eight to 12 teachers from four to six schools. Participants are often senior or middle leaders as well as opinion formers. Over the course of a school year, the RLC process involves four whole day workshops which lead participating teachers through a research informed cycle of enquiry. In between workshops participants are expected to work with school colleagues to share research knowledge and to roll out research informed teaching strategies. Workshops are typically facilitated by Institute of Education (IOE) staff and we are also developing online formats and a MOOC (a Massive Online Open access Course) to help with this process. To discuss how you might access and engage in RLC activity further please email: chris.brown.14@ucl.ac.uk

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