This article shares the experiences of two literacy teacher educators who sought to create a beloved community for both themselves and the teachers with whom they work within their professional spaces. The authors emphasize the importance of fostering safe, collaborative environments that promote personal and professional growth. Drawing from the principles of the Beloved Community, popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the authors discuss the value of embracing a growth mindset when building such communities. Specifically, the article delves into two different professional development models as effective frameworks for cultivating beloved communities: Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and Learning Labs (LLs). Both models offer space within the literacy profession, including all levels and roles of educators, to embark on a meaningful learning experience.
Petroelje Stolle, Elizabeth and Vanderground, Jennifer L.
"Building a Beloved Community of Literacy in Professional Spaces,"
Michigan Reading Journal: Vol. 56:
2, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/mrj/vol56/iss2/9