Professional Learning Community in Education | Steve Barkley

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, “What do students need us to learn?”

Blogs and Podcasts:


I have begun describing many of the meetings I observe that are labeled PLC as more correctly defined as a PWC….professional working community. […]


Professional Learning for Student Achievement


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


Professional Learning Communities


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


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


Other Downloads:

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

Blog Archive:

  1. School Leadership Team Goal-Setting
  2. PLCs: From Data to Action
  3. A Vision for PLCs
  4. PLC or PWC?
  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
  12. Facilitating Conversations: Empowering Teams
  13. Case Study: The Austin Independent School District
  14. Driving Action from Mission and Vision
  15. Why Teams?
  16. Teaching and Learning Through Analysis
  17. A Conversation with Jim Knight
  18. PLCs: Playpen or Playground
  19. Teacher Goals and Shared Student Achievement Outcomes
  20. PLC Conversations That Build Shared Responsibility for Student Success
  21. Year-End Goal Setting
  22. Collaboration Building Teacher Efficacy
  23. Building Collegiality With a Three-Year Commitment to Students
  24. Planning Questions for Coaching Conferencing and PLC Facilitation