Friday, September 6 is a teacher professional development day in the Wakefield Public Schools. WHS teachers will work with Galvin faculty at the high school today with a goal of developing effective and sustainable "Professional Learning Communities" in our schools, a term in education used to describe a school culture in which educators are committed to working collaboratively to ensure a high level of learning and achievement for all students. Professional Learning Communities focus on the study and analysis of student work and test data to respond to student's specific needs and to raise student achievement. The concept of Professional Learning Communities was developed by educational research/practitioners Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, and Robert Eaker. Professional trainers from DuFour's Solution Tree will join us to lead this work today.