Professional Learning Community Resources

This quote from the ALL Things PLC website provides a clear and comprehensive definition of a Professional Learning Community (PLC):

A Professional Learning Community is “an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. Professional learning communities operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators.”

In many schools today, teachers are engaged in activities that are being called PLCs that are really something else—perhaps professional working communities (PWCs). Much of my writing, presentations, and facilitations are geared toward getting teachers to ask the question, “Why do students need us to learn?”

Videos:

  1. Professional Learning for Student Achievement

     

  2. End of the Year Goal Setting as Team Building: A Vertical Elementary School Example

     

  3. Teaching as a Team sport in a Public Act: Why are Teams Critical for Student Learning?

     

  4. What’s the difference between “sharing” and “teaming”?

     

  5. Professional Learning Communities

     

Blogs:

  1. School Leadership Team Goal-Setting
  2. PLCs: From Data to Action
  3. A Vision for PLCs
  4. PLC or PWC?</a
  5. PLCs and Coaching for Teacher and Student Learning
  6. Learning PLC Skills and Practices by Doing PLCs
  7. Coaches and PLCs
  8. Questions and Discussion in PLCs
  9. VIDEO: Changes in Teacher Behavior
  10. Peer Coaching and PLCs
  11. Instructional Coaches and Professional Learning Communities

Podcast:

  1. Supporting or Hijacking Professional Learning Communities
  2. Learning Communities: What Do our Students Want (Need) Us to Learn? A Conversation with Steve Barkley (Sticky Standards #24)

Other Downloads:

  1. Power Point – Douglas County “Effectiveness of PLCs”