Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning Communities allow teams of teachers to collaborate with one another to meet the specific needs of all students.  The primary role of the PLC is to answer the four critical questions:

  1. What do we want all students to learn?
  2. How will we know if they learned it?
  3. What will we do if they did not learn it?
  4. What will we do if they already know it?

alt="graphic outlining four Four Questions for professional learning communities" While answering question 1, teams are looking specifically at the course/grade level essential learnings, determining common pacing, and identifying effective instructional strategies. To answer question 2, PLCs are collectively creating common assessments and together determining how these assessments should be scored. The data from these assessments will then be used to answer questions 3 and 4 and will allow teachers to monitor the learning and adjust their teaching. A Professional Learning Community is… •    An ongoing process •    Ensuring every student will learn the essential curriculum •    Teachers working with a team, rather than teachers working in isolation •    Focused on results, rather than intentions A Professional Learning Community is not… •    A book club


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