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Collaborative Learning Groups

The LINCS Professional Development (PD) Center’s collaborative learning groups are designed to assist states in implementing the requirements set forth in the Section 223 State Leadership requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Through guided discussion, a cohort of states can engage in deep exploration of challenges and opportunities to build a state PD program.

What is a collaborative learning group?

A collaborative learning group (CLG) is a series of connected activities where a cohort of participants can explore a topic through peer discussion and collaborative problem solving. Each CLG meets virtually via webinar and is conducted by a dedicated facilitator that has expertise in the topic area. Guest speakers will share their strategies and insights to contribute to the group’s discussion.

What is the purpose of a CLG?

The purpose of each CLG is to increase state capacity to establish and operate a high-quality professional development program as defined by Section 223. The topics explored will be broad in nature and examine states’ infrastructure/system-building abilities with the goal of building state capacity in the topic.

Who is eligible to participate?

CLGs are targeted to state-level staff responsible for decision-making and delivery of professional development. States are encouraged to participate as teams, but individual participants are welcome and will benefit from the experience. There is no cost to participate. All participants planning to join must register individually.

What is the time commitment?

Each CLG is planned to last 3 to 6 months depending on the topic. They generally consist of a monthly meeting lasting up to 90 minutes. Background materials are provided prior to each meeting. Participants are expected to:

  • Actively participate in meeting discussions,
  • Complete short pre- and post-reflection activities to make best use of the information and thoughtfully contribute, and
  • Participate in a private online community of practice by sharing topical resources, posting reflections, and responding to others in their group.

Current and Upcoming Collaborative Learning Groups

Optimizing Your Limited State Leadership Dollars

Facilitator: Andy Nash, Director, New England Literacy Resource Center

Description: This CLG explores how to optimize State Leadership dollars to meet WIOA Section 223 requirements. Topics include:

  • Ways to build a system of on-going communication and a collaborative vision that integrates needs identified by the field with WIOA requirements.
  • How to track, credit, and evaluate PD activities (online, self-paced, job-embedded), and to use that data for PD planning.
  • Ensuring access to professional development for all practitioners.

Kick-off: 3:00 pm ET, March 6, 2018

Conclusion: June 6, 2018

Registration: CLOSED